Binder retains Venezuela GP Lazarus seat
18 January 2013 – René Binder will continue with the Venezuela GP Lazarus team in GP2 this season. The Austrian driver, a multiple race winner in German Formula 3, made his debut in the series with the Italian-based outfit last year by contesting the final three rounds.
"I am sure we have made the right decision to sign for Venezuela GP Lazarus," said Binder. "GP2 will be very competitive this year with some strong drivers arriving from other junior categories but I want to fully concentrate on my own preparations. This will be my first full season and I cannot wait for the pre-season tests to get underway."
Team Principal Tancredi Pagiaro added to Binder's words, explaining that although the 21-year-old did not achieve any standout results during his first handful of GP2 races, the pace he displayed in post-season testing proved his underlying talent.
"I've always appreciated René's driving style," said Pagiaro. "Starting from his debut at Spa he drove the car without taking unnecessary risks, always listening to our suggestions and improving day by day. In Barcelona and Jerez it was clear to me that René has the talent and the intelligence to drive a car as demanding as that of GP2."
Lazarus finished 12th out of 13 teams last season, but would have ranked at the foot of the standings had Coloni not lost its points for opting to leave the series in 2013.