GP2: Gelael joins Carlin for four of remaining five rounds


Sean Gelael will make his GP2 Series debut in Hungary next weekend with Carlin as part of a four-race deal to the end of the 2015 season.

Gelael, 18, currently races in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship with the Carlin-backed Jagonya Ayam team, and will balance these commitments with GP2.

The Indonesia driver will miss the GP2 round at Monza in September due to a clash with the Formula Renault 3.5 race at Silverstone, but will race in Hungary, Belgium, Russia and Abu Dhabi.

“It’s a great championship that makes great drivers,” Gelael said of GP2. “The opportunity came up at Carlin and it was a good fit. I just want to try and learn as much as possible and it will be good to get experience of the Pirelli tires.

“I’m not quite sure what I’m doing yet next year so using this as a building year. To be able to do these GP2 races with Carlin who we have great chemistry with and a great history with makes sense.

“I’m just really happy to have the opportunity. I’ve done my seat fit and the car feels really comfortable; my feet don’t hit the chassis or anything so I’m just really excited about Budapest.”

“We’re delighted to have Sean in GP2 with us for four rounds this season,” team owner Trevor Carlin said. “He is still very young and is wisely learning as much as he can this season after stepping up from F3 [pictured] last year.

“Sean is always a joy to work with and we’ll be working with him very closely to help him get the most out of this experience as possible.”

Gelael will race alongside Julian Leal at Carlin, taking the seat vacated by Marco Sørensen earlier this year when he opted to focus on his endurance racing commitments with Aston Martin Racing.