Federico Leo

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Federico Leo
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1988-08-27) August 27, 1988 (age 26)
Varese (Italy)
FIA GT3 European Championship career
Debut season 2011
Current team AF Corse
Car no. 50
Starts 11
Wins 1
Poles 3
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 1st in 2011
Previous series
GP2 Series
Le Mans Series
Auto GP
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
British Formula Three
German Formula Three
Italian Formula Renault 2.0
Italian Formula Junior 1600
Championship titles
2011 FIA GT3 European Championship

Federico Leo (born August 27, 1988 in Varese) is an Italian racing driver.


Formula Junior[edit]

Leo began his single–seater career in late 2005 in the Italian Formula Junior 1600 Winter series, scoring nine points to finish 13th in the standings. The following year he took part in a full season in the category, recording one podium finish to be classified in 12th place.

Formula Renault 2.0[edit]

At the end of the 2006 season, Leo took part in the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Winter series for RP Motorsport, finishing in 15th place. In 2007, he continued with the team into the main championship, although he failed to score a point in the fourteen races he contested.

Formula Three[edit]

In 2008, Leo stepped up to the German Formula Three Championship with the Italian Ombra Racing team.[1] He finished ninth in the standings after taking a single podium place in the opening round at Hockenheim. He also made a one–off appearance in the British Formula Three Championship round at Monza in May. After starting both races from the back of the grid, he finished 14th in race one before retiring from the second race.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

Leo at the 2010 Brno World Series by Renault meeting

At the end of 2008, Leo took part in Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing at Paul Ricard and Valencia. After testing for both RC Motorsport and Pons Racing, Leo signed with the latter to contest the 2009 season, alongside Spaniard Marcos Martínez.[2] He scored eight points over the course of the 17–race season, with those points coming at the final round of the campaign at the new Motorland Aragón circuit with a pair of seventh place finishes.

During the off–season Leo tested with several different teams, including Fortec Motorsport and Draco Racing, but remained with Pons Racing for a second season in 2010.[3] After scoring a fifth place in the opening round at Motorland Aragón, Leo took just three more points finishes and was classified in 17th place, tied on 16 points with both Walter Grubmüller and Jan Charouz.[4]

Auto GP[edit]

In May 2010, Leo made his debut in the new Auto GP championship at Imola, replacing Adrian Zaugg at the Trident Racing team.[5] After finishing in ninth place in the feature race, Leo took fifth place in the sprint event after surviving a startline accident that eliminated six cars.[6] In October 2010, Leo rejoined the team for the final round of the season at Monza,[7] finishing the two races in fifth and seventh places respectively to be classified 16th in the final standings.[8]


In April 2010, Leo tested a Lola B08/80 LMP2 car at Vallelunga for the Italian Racing Box team, and in August 2010 it was announced that he would join the team for the Le Mans Series round at the Hungaroring, the penultimate round of the season.[9] He stayed with the team for the final round of the year at Silverstone, where he and team–mates Fabio Babini and Ferdinando Geri finished 13th overall and 5th in the LMP2 class. He was classified 17th in the final LMP2 standings.[10]

For 2011, Leo raced in the FIA GT3 European Championship with AF Corse, sharing a Ferrari 458 with fellow Italian driver Francesco Castellacci.[11] The duo won the drivers' title at the final round of the season in Zandvoort, finishing nine points clear of the Graff Racing entry of Mike Parisy.[12]

GP2 Series[edit]

Leo made his GP2 Series début at the final round of the 2010 season in Abu Dhabi, replacing Edoardo Piscopo at the Trident Racing team.[13] He finished the feature race in 19th place, but retired from the sprint event.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Italian Formula Junior 1600 – Winter Series Tomcat Racing 4 0 0 0 0 9 13th
2006 Italian Formula Junior 1600 Emmegi Promotion 12 0 0 0 1 50 12th
Italian Formula Renault 2.0 – Winter Series RP Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 14 15th
2007 Italian Formula Renault 2.0 14 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2008 German Formula Three Championship Ombra Racing 17 0 0 0 1 23 9th
British Formula Three Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Pons Racing 17 0 0 0 0 8 21st
2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series 17 0 0 0 0 16 17th
Auto GP Trident Racing 4 0 0 0 0 6 16th
Le Mans Series – LMP2 Racing Box 2 0 0 0 0 13 17th
GP2 Series Trident Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 32nd
2011 FIA GT3 European Championship AF Corse 11 1 3 0 4 111 1st

† – As Leo was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
2014 United Kingdom Ram Racing Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin
Portugal Álvaro Parente
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE


  1. ^ "F.3 - Ombra e Federico Leo insieme nella ATS F3 Cup 2008". ombraracing.com (in Italian) (Ombra Racing). 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Federico Leo con Pons è il primo italiano in WSR". italiaracing.net (in Italian) (Inpagina). 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  3. ^ Mills, Peter (2010-01-13). "Leo stays with Pons for 2010". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  4. ^ "World Series by Renault 2010". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Full grid for Auto GP in Imola". autogp.org (Auto GP). 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  6. ^ "Iaconelli and Durango win dramatic race 2". autogp.org (Auto GP). 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  7. ^ "Valsecchi, Leo and Cipriani to race in Monza". autogp.org (Auto GP). 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  8. ^ "Auto GP 2010". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  9. ^ "LMS – 2010 1000km of Hungaroring entry list". planetlemans.com (Planet Le Mans). Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  10. ^ "Le Mans Series – LMP2 2010". driverdb.com (Driver Database). Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  11. ^ Ten Caat, Marcel. "GT3 Europe and Blancpain Endurance Series Update". planetlemans.com (Planet Le Mans). Retrieved 27 April 2011. Amato Ferrari's team will enter two Ferrari 458's for Daniel Brown–Glynn Gleddie and Federico Leo–Francesco Castellaci in the 2011 FIA GT3 European Championship. 
  12. ^ Weeks, James (17 October 2011). "Castellacci and Leo secure FIA GT3 crown at Zandvoort". motorstv.com (Motors TV). Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Leo debutta ad Abu Dhabi con Trident". italiaracing.net (in Italian) (Inpagina). 8 November 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Christian Hohenadel
Daniel Keilwitz
FIA GT3 European Champion
with: Francesco Castellacci
Succeeded by
Dominik Baumann
Maximilian Buhk
Preceded by
Soheil Ayari
International GT Open champion
with: Gianmaria Bruni
Succeeded by
Andrea Montermini