Austrian driver Rene Binder will make his GP2 Series debut at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, driving for the Lazarus team in place of Giancarlo Serenelli.

Series backmarker Serenelli injured a tendon in the shoulder during a workout, forcing him out of action.

20-year-old Binder is currently racing in his third season in the German F3 Cup, and is currently fifth in the standings with two victories, while his rookie teammate Lucas Auer is second. He finished 12th and eighth in 2010 and 2011 respectively, and last year also made a one-off appearance in the FIA Formula Two Championship at his home event at the Red Bull.

Binder will partner Sergio Canamasas at Lazarus, the Spaniard having replaced Fabrizio Crestani at the first-year GP2 team two rounds ago.

Binder’s uncle Hans made 13 Formula 1 grand prix starts for the Ensign, Wolf, Surtees and ATS teams in the 1976 and 1977 seasons.