Carlin has announced that Julián Leal will remain with the team in GP2 for the 2015 season.
Leal raced with Carlin this season and the start of the year looked promising for the 24-year-old Colombian when he took to the podium twice in the opening weekend. His form tailed off slightly towards the end of the year but he still managed to secure 68 points.
Leal will be starting his fifth season in GP2 next year and will be very close to Luca Filippi’s all time record of 110 race starts in the Series if he completes the full season.
Julián Leal: “I’m very happy to have the opportunity to stay here one year more. With all the teams I have worked with this is the best one for me; it’s a team that listens to what you say and follows you and advises you and this is good for me because I can learn a lot in a good environment. I’m very happy for this opportunity, I want to prepare a lot and work hard for next year and get the car as perfect as we can. I want to start the year as we did this year [with a podium] but then maintain that performance for the whole season. I’m very very happy to be here for another season.”
Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin: “We’re very happy that Julian has decided to stay with us for a second season. Based on the pace we have as a team and Julian has as a driver, together we should have had better results this year. Next year we intend to deliver our full potential with Julian who is a delight to have at Carlin; he is a great team player and great to work with.”