Julian Leal has switched from Rapax to Trident ahead of the 2012 GP2 season, joining Stephane Richelmi.

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Leal made his GP2 debut for Rapax in 2011, but failed to score any points in his first year in the series. He has previously raced for Trident, participating in the 2010 Auto GP season with the team scoring one win. After driving for the team in the GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi, it's been announced that he will complete the full 2012 season with them, and Leal said podium finishes would be his aim.

"I'm really satisfied with the deal reached with Trident Racing," Leal said. "I know them really well after we raced together in 2010 and last Autumn in Abu Dhabi. I'm sure we'll be doing a great job together. This will be my second season in GP2: my goal is to take full advantage of the experience gained in 2011 and step on the podium as often as possible.

"It will be a first season in GP2 for my teammate, St├ęphane Richelmi, but I'm aware that he can be pretty fast. I'm certain that by working closely together with him will help our engineers a lot. I want to thank my family, my sponsors and all my supporters for this opportunity. Of course, thanks also to Trident Racing for their trust. I hope to reward everybody by doing a good job on track."