Negrao, Binder to Race for Arden International in 2014


Binder joins Arden from the Venezuela GP Lazarus squad (Credit:Charles Coates/GP2 Series Media Service)

Brazilian driver Andre Negrao has left the Formula Renault 3.5 series and joined Arden International in GP2.  Austrian Rene Binder, who raced in GP2 for the Venezuela GP Lazarus outfit in 2013, will join him for the 2014 season.

Negrao spent three years racing for International Draco Racing in Formula Renault 3.5, with two third places his best results. He finished tenth in the 2013 standings, and helped his team take third in the Teams’ Championship alongside Swiss driver Nico Muller.

“Team Arden has always been a reference for many drivers,” said Negrao in an official Arden International Press Release.

“Even before I arrived in Europe, the Team was renowned as a top team, worldwide. I’m proud to be part of such a great Team, which is an active part of Motorsport history here in Europe. I really can’t wait to start my work with them, and drive the car at Abu Dhabi in March during our first scheduled GP2 common tests.”

21-year-old Binder is the nephew of former F1 driver Hans Binder, who raced thirteen times in F1 between 1976 and 1978.  The younger Binder scored points on three occasions for Lazarus last year, with a best finish of sixth in Monaco.

“We had a very good winter test in Abu Dhabi and I am pretty confident that Arden will give me their best support to make a big step forward in 2014,” said Binder.

“I want to thank Garry Horner and Julian Rouse [Arden International team chiefs] for their belief in my abilities. I will make sure that I will be physically and mentally well prepared.”