Rapax confirms Leal… did the team expect more?
March 12, 2011 1 Comment
Surprised a bit to see Julián Leal close out the Rapax team lineup for the 2011 Main Series season. Why?
Well, though Leal may very well prove to be a competitive driver after he gets some races under his belt, I am sure it is not what the Rapax team had in mind after pulling off a championship 2010 season with Maldonado and Razia.
The investment, be it what it was, made by the Rapax team was to significantly raise the awareness and level of the team, pulling it up from the mid-field standing that the team had enjoyed as Piquet GP in its previous seasons. The rebranded team managed to pull it off, convincing Maldonado to sign with them and getting a consistent Razia to contribute significantly to a team championship effort.
For 2011, Rapax was one of the first to sign a driver, getting Fabio Leimer to commit to the team. Leimer, who started off strong last season but quickly faded, is a fast driver who should find his way this season. Either troubled by the arrival into such a competitive series or hindered by a sub-performing Ocean team in 2010, Leimer should find the right tools to pull off a significantly better 2011 season.