Racing Engineering press release
After very positive post-season test days in Jerez and Barcelona, which saw Fabio setting the fastest lap times and a sensational race weekend in Abu Dhabi, where Fabio grabbed pole position and the feature race win, it was a logic step to continue this successful combination between the young Swiss driver and the Spanish team from Sanlucar de Barrameda.
The 22 years old Swiss driver is one of the fastest and most experienced drivers to enter the 2012 GP2 series. A proven race winner, Fabio will start his first season as Racing Engineering driver with the target of being one of the main contenders for the championship that this year kicks off at Sepang, in Malaysia, the next 24th of March.
Date of Birth: April 17th, 1989
Place of Birth: Rothrist (Switzerland).
2011: 14th GP2 Series (1 win)
2010: 19th GP2 Series (1 win)
2009: 1st International Formula Masters Series
2008: 2nd International Formula Masters Series
2007: 17th Formula Renault European Cup
11th Formula Renault Italy
2006: 18th Formula BMW (4th "Rookie")
6th European Karting Championship (ICA)
2005: 1st Swiss Karting Championship (ICA)
2004: 1st Swiss Karting Championship (ICA Junior)
2003: 1st Swiss Karting Championship (ICA Junior)
2002: 2nd Swiss Karting Championship (ICAJunior)
2000: Debut in karting
Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, president of Racing Engineering:
"I am very happy that Fabio joins the team for the 2012 season. He is a driver with tremendous talent and tenacity. He never gives up and has shown so during the post season tests as well as the race meeting in Abu Dhabi, which he dominated in the Racing Engineering car. Our aim as a team is to make sure he wins the championship and we are putting all our tools at his disposal. After the great work we did together this winter, all we have to do is fine tune everything at the next tests in Jerez and Barcelona so the competition for the 2012 Champion begins."
"I am extremely happy I could sign an agreement with the Spanish Racing Engineering team and to participate with them in the 2012 GP2 Series. I felt already very comfortable with the team during the first tests. During these tests in Jerez and Barcelona, but also the races in Abu Dhabi we were very competitive, and if we work like this during the 2012 season, then I am convinced we will be quite high up in the final standings of the championship. I am really looking forward to working with Racing Engineering and am thankful to the team for believing in me and that they will always provide me with the best possible car."