Racing Engineering have announced that Fabio Leimer and Nathanael Berthon will race for them in the upcoming non-championship GP2 Final at Abu Dhabi.
Both drivers tested for the Spanish squad in the recent tests, with Leimer recording the fastest time of the field on three of the four days at Jerez and Barcelona. The Swiss driver will test a Formula 1 car for Sauber in the Young Driver Test in the week after the race at the very same Yas Marina circuit.
“The two successful GP2 tests in Jerez and Barcelona with Racing Engineering have shown us what is possible if everything is working well,” said Leimer.
“Therefore, I am happy that I have the chance to additionally test the potential of this team under race conditions. We have obviously already tried different solutions for Abu Dhabi during the Barcelona test and I am actually quite confident we will make a good impression during the race weekend. I am very much looking forward to the races in Abu Dhabi.”
Berthon raced in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2011, but has competed for Racing Engineering before having raced for the team in the GP2 Asia Series earlier in the year including a round at Abu Dhabi.
“It’s almost a year ago I was racing in Abu Dhabi and I am looking forward to another race weekend there with Racing Engineering,” said the Frenchman. “It’s a real pleasure to work with the team again.
“I am sure that everything will go well during the Abu Dhabi weekend as the car is good. Physically I am strong and I like the track. I was competitive during the Abu Dhabi races last winter and since then I have gained quite a lot more experience. Additionally I know the car and track now. I am really, really confident for the race weekend in Abu Dhabi.”
President Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon commented: “After the great results of both drivers in Barcelona, I am really pleased to continue with them at the Abu Dhabi races. It’s a great opportunity to see their performances under race conditions. I think that both the drivers and the team have a good fit. This makes me confident of good results for that weekend.”