Carlin pair Julian Leal and Marco Sorensen are confident their pre-season preparation will pay off this weekend when the team line-up for the GP2 season opener in Bahrain.
Leal, who starts his fifth year in the Series and his second with Carlin, took two podiums in Bahrain last year and the Columbian is hoping he can repeat his early season success again.
“For this weekend I hope to start in the best way,” said Leal. “Last year we started with two podiums, we hope to do our best and get some strong results to start the season again.”
24 year-old Leal had a career best season last year in GP2, finishing 10th overall with 68 points. Leal believes he can iron out problems from previous years and make a step forward.
“I’ve have been waiting to get in the car again and looking forward to the season starting,” added Leal.
“It’s my second year with Carlin and I think we can do a good job; we have good experience together – we know where we need to improve and where we are strong.”
Leal’s team-mate Sorensen is only in his second year in GP2 but has already made people take notice with a surprise sprint race win at Sochi for MP Motorsport.
The 24 year-old Dane had a superb 2014 season. He finished 11th overall with 47 points despite starting the year late missing the opening eight races.
Sorensen has never raced at the Sakhir International Circuit but after testing there in pre-season he is sure he won’t be at a disadvantage.
“Bahrain isn’t a track I’ve raced at before but having tested here a couple of weeks ago I know the track well enough for that not to be a disadvantage,” said Sorensen.
Sorensen added: “I’m very excited to finally be heading into a race weekend again. I think we’ve prepared for the season well; testing has been encouraging.
“We’ve shown we’ve got good pace and our race pace in particular I think is going to be strong.“