Julián Leal

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Julián Leal Covelli
Julian Leal in 2014
Nationality  Colombian
Born (1990-05-11) 11 May 1990 (age 24)
Bucaramanga (Colombia)
GP2 Series career
Debut season 2011
Current team Carlin
Car no. 4
Former teams Racing Engineering
Trident Racing
Rapax
Starts 86
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 10th in 2014
Previous series
2011
20092010
200708
200708
2006–07
GP2 Asia Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Italian Formula 3000
Euroseries 3000
FR2.0 PanamGP
Championship titles
2008 Italian Formula 3000

Ómar Julián Leal Covelli, commonly known as Julián Leal, (born May 11, 1990 in Bucaramanga) is a professional racing driver from Colombia, although he has also competed with an Italian licence in the GP2 Series.

Career[edit]

Formula Renault 2.0[edit]

Leal began his racing career in 2006 in the Formula Renault 2.0 PanamGP series, scoring two podium finishes in seven races to finish ninth in the standings. He also took part in two races of the series the following year.

Euroseries 3000[edit]

The following season, Leal moved to Europe to compete in the Euroseries 3000 championship. Driving for the Italian Durango team, he finished ninth in the Euroseries standings and eleventh in the Italian Formula 3000 championship, which ran as part of the main series.

He continued in the championship in 2008, finishing sixth in the Euroseries after securing four podium places in fifteen races.[1] In September of that year, he won the Italian Formula 3000 championship at Misano, beating both Fabio Onidi and Nicolas Prost to the title by a single point.[2]

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

At the end of 2008, Leal took part in Formula Renault 3.5 Series testing at Paul Ricard and Valencia, driving for both Draco Racing and Prema Powerteam. In December 2008, it was announced that Leal had signed with Prema Powerteam for the 2009 season.[3] He had a testing first season in the category, with a podium at the Hungaroring being his only points–scoring finish, as he wound up 20th in the standings.

In the off–season, Leal tested for both Prema and Mofaz Racing at the Circuit de Catalunya and in December 2009, it was announced that he would drive for Draco Racing in the 2010 season, partnering Formula Renault graduate Nathanaël Berthon.[4] He again finished the season in 20th position after struggling to match his rookie team–mate, with his best race result being a fourth place at the first race in Brno.[5]

Auto GP[edit]

In March 2010, it was announced that Leal would also compete in the new Auto GP championship, competing for the Italian team Trident Racing.[6] He finished seventh in the final standings, with the highlight of his season coming at the penultimate round at the brand–new Circuito de Navarra, where he won the first race after starting from pole position.[7]

GP2 Series[edit]

Leal driving for Rapax at the Monza round of the 2011 GP2 Series season.

In November 2010, Leal tested a GP2 Series car for the first time, taking part in the post–season test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, and in January 2011 it was announced that he had signed with the Rapax Team to contest the GP2 Asia Series season, lining–up alongside Fabio Leimer.[8] He had initially signed to contest only the Asia series, but in March 2011 it was confirmed that he would stay with the team for the main 2011 championship, in which he finished 27th.[9]

Leal switched to the Trident Racing team for the non-championship season finale at Yas Marina, and remained with the outfit for the 2012 season, where he was partnered with Stéphane Richelmi. He scored his first series points and finished 21st in the championship.

Leal moved to Racing Engineering for the 2013 season, his teammate for the second time was champion of that year Fabio Leimer. He scored a total of 62 points, including two sprint race podiums leaving him 12th in the championship. For 2014, he moved to British squad Carlin alongside Felipe Nasr. He finished on the podium in both races at the first round but ultimately would finish 10th in the final standings on 68 points.

Leal will continue with Carlin for 2015.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2006 Formula Renault 2.0 PanamGP Penix Unico 7 0 0 0 2 72 9th
2007 Formula Renault 2.0 PanamGP  ? 2 0 0 0 0 16 17th
Euroseries 3000 Durango 16 0 0 0 0 13 9th
Italian Formula 3000 8 0 0 0 0 8 11th
2008 Euroseries 3000 Durango 15 0 1 0 4 38 6th
Italian Formula 3000 8 0 1 0 4 35 1st
2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Prema Powerteam 17 0 0 0 1 11 20th
2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series International DracoRacing 17 0 0 0 0 11 20th
Auto GP Trident Racing 12 1 1 1 1 21 9th
2011 GP2 Series Rapax 18 0 0 0 0 0 27th
GP2 Asia Series 4 0 0 0 0 0 26th
GP2 Final Trident Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 22nd
2012 GP2 Series Trident Racing 24 0 0 0 0 9 21st
2013 GP2 Series Racing Engineering 22 0 0 0 2 62 12th
2014 GP2 Series Carlin 22 0 0 1 2 68 10th

Complete Euroseries 3000/Auto GP results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2007 Durango VAL
FEA

10
VAL
SPR

10
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

9
MAG
FEA

8
MAG
SPR

10
MUG
FEA

11
MUG
SPR

6
NUR
FEA

Ret
NUR
SPR

7
SPA
FEA

7
SPA
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

5
MON
SPR

4
CAT
FEA

7
CAT
SPR

6
10th 14
2008 Durango VAL
FEA

5
VAL
SPR

6
SPA
FEA

9
SPA
SPR

C
VAL
FEA

5
VAL
SPR

2
MUG
FEA

4
MUG
SPR

3
MIS
FEA

3
MIS
SPR

2
JER
FEA

Ret
JER
SPR

7
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

4
MAG
FEA

Ret
MAG
SPR

9
6th 38
2010 Trident Racing BRN
1

10
BRN
2

4
IMO
1

Ret
IMO
2

8
SPA
1

7
SPA
2

Ret
MAG
1

9
MAG
2

7
NAV
1

1
NAV
2

Ret
MNZ
1

8
MNZ
2

4
9th 21

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2009 Prema Powerteam CAT
1

15
CAT
2

19†
SPA
1

19
SPA
2

18
MON
1

14
HUN
1

22
HUN
2

3
SIL
1

17
SIL
2

16
BUG
1

Ret
BUG
2

20
ALG
1

18
ALG
2

17
NÜR
1

17
NÜR
2

14
ALC
1

21
ALC
2

22†
20th 11
2010 International Draco Racing ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

Ret
SPA
1

11
SPA
2

12
MON
1

16
BRN
1

4
BRN
2

13
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

19
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

16
HOC
1

13
HOC
2

9
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

10
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

Ret
20th 11

† Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2011 Rapax TUR
FEA

19
TUR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA

17
ESP
SPR

14
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

11
VAL
SPR

9
GBR
FEA

22
GBR
SPR

21
GER
FEA

14
GER
SPR

9
HUN
FEA

20
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

16
ITA
SPR

Ret
27th 0
2012 Trident Racing MYS
FEA

15
MYS
SPR

15
BHR1
FEA

12
BHR1
SPR

17
BHR2
FEA

15
BHR2
SPR

14
ESP
FEA

24
ESP
SPR

17
MON
FEA

21
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

12
VAL
SPR

8
GBR
FEA

20
GBR
SPR

17
GER
FEA

21
GER
SPR

12
HUN
FEA

16
HUN
SPR

15
BEL
FEA

7
BEL
SPR

9
ITA
FEA

10
ITA
SPR

8
SGP
FEA

11
SGP
SPR

16
21st 9
2013 Racing Engineering MYS
FEA

5
MYS
SPR

Ret
BHR
FEA

19
BHR
SPR

16
ESP
FEA

13
ESP
SPR

25†
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

14
GBR
FEA

8
GBR
SPR

4
GER
FEA

22
GER
SPR

12
HUN
FEA

15
HUN
SPR

21
BEL
FEA

6
BEL
SPR

2
ITA
FEA

5
ITA
SPR

3
SGP
FEA

Ret
SGP
SPR

12
ABU
FEA

16
ABU
SPR

10
12th 62
2014 Carlin BHR
FEA

2
BHR
SPR

3
ESP
FEA

4
ESP
SPR

5
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

16
AUT
FEA

13
AUT
SPR

7
GBR
FEA

5
GBR
SPR

5
GER
FEA

16
GER
SPR

18
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

15
BEL
FEA

13
BEL
SPR

10
ITA
FEA

14
ITA
SPR

17
RUS
FEA

9
RUS
SPR

17
ABU
FEA

12
ABU
SPR

11
10th 68

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 DC Points
2011 Rapax ABU
FEA

Ret
ABU
SPR

17
ITA
FEA

17
ITA
SPR

18
26th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Euroseries 3000 2008". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Formula 3000 Italy 2008". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Mills, Peter (5 December 2008). "Prema sign Colombian Leal for 2009". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Leal completes Draco line-up". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 7 December 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "World Series by Renault 2010". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Julian Leal and Trident together in Auto GP". autogp.org (Auto GP). 18 March 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Navarra, Race 1: first Auto GP win for Leal". autogp.org (Auto GP). 25 September 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Julian Leal completes Rapax GP2 Asia line–up". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 29 January 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Beer, Matt (11 March 2011). "Leal to complete season with Rapax". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 15 March 2011. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Davide Rigon
Italian F3000 champion
2008
Succeeded by
Will Bratt