Binder replaces suspended Matsushita for Austria GP2 round

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ART Grand Prix has confirmed that Rene Binder will replace the suspended Nobuharu Matsushita for this weekend’s GP2 Series round in Austria.

Matsushita was handed a ban for the upcoming event at the Red Bull Ring for driving dangerously during the sprint race in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, where his antics behind the safety car came under scrutiny.

Binder arrives with a wealth of experience racing in GP2, having made his debut back in 2012.

The Austrian currently races in Formula V8 3.5 with Lotus, where he sits fourth in the drivers’ championship after eight races.

“First of all I want to thank ART Grand Prix for this great opportunity to drive their car at my home race in Spielberg,” Binder said.

“I like GP2 but I still have some unfinished business with it so I always said that if there was a chance to get a drive with a top team within the season I would not hesitate to take the challenge.

“Of course it will take a few laps to get the feeling for the car and for the Pirelli tires again. However, I am sure that I will get the best possible support from the team who is, without any doubt, among the most successful race teams in Europe.”

McLaren junior Matsushita will return for the following round at Silverstone next weekend.