Julián Leal

Omar Julian Leal Covelli (born 11 May 1990 in Bucaramanga ) is a Colombian race car driver. Leal used at the beginning of his career the name Omar Leal. Since 2010, he starts with the name Julian Leal. He played a few races with Italian racing license. It occurs since 2011 in the GP2 series.


Leal began his motorsport career in 2006 in the Pan-American Formula Renault and finished ninth overall. In 2007 he even in two other races in this championship, but his main focus was on the Euro Series 3000, where he went to the start of Durango. At the end of the season, he finished tenth overall. 2008 Leal remained in the Euro Series 3000 in Durango. With four podium finishes to Leal improved this season in sixth place in the drivers' championship and also won the title of the Italian Formula 3000 Championship, were among the eight races of the 3000 Euro Series.

2009 saw Leal in the Formula Renault 3.5 for Prema Powerteam. He succeeded only in a race in third place points to achieve. In the overall classification, he finished 20th place. 2010 Leal went into the Formula Renault 3.5 champion team for the International Draco Racing at the start. He used the name from this season Julian Leal. Unlike his teammate Nathanael Berthon, who finished the season in seventh place, Leal won a race and finished 20th overall. Parallel to his involvement in Formula Renault 3.5 Leal competed in the 2010 season in the Auto GP, the former Euro Series 3000, for Trident Racing. With a win, he finished the season in ninth place in the drivers' standings.

2011 Leal planned initially to change in the GP3 Series. However, he received an offer from the Rapax team for the 2011 season of the GP2 Asia Series, which he accepted. At the end of the season, he finished 26th overall. In March Leal was eventually committed for the 2011 season of the GP2 series of Rapax. While his teammate Fabio Leimer decided a race for himself, Leal was any points, finishing in 27th place overall. After the season, he raced for Trident Racing in the GP2 Final in 2011 and was 22 in 2012 remained at Trident Leal and completed his second season in the GP2 Series. He was 21 in the drivers' championship, and thus defeated his teammate Stéphane Richelmi, who was 18.

2013 Leal moved within the GP2 Series for Racing Engineering. In Spa-Francorchamps Leal took the second place in the sprint race for the first time in his GP2 career podium. In the subsequent sprint race at Monza was followed with a third place a further podium placement. While his teammate Fabio Leimer with 201 points decided the championship, Leal joined the standings with 62 points from the twelfth position. For his fourth GP2 season Leal joined the team again. He goes for 2014 Carlin at the start. Leal started me a second and third place at the season opener in as- Sachir in the season. After the first race weekend, he finished second overall.


Leal is a Colombian citizen. In the first half of 2011, he took up with Italian license. Otherwise, he started under the Colombian flag.


Career stations

  • 2006: Pan American Formula Renault ( 9th place)
  • 2007: Euro Series 3000 (No. 10)
  • 2007: Pan American Formula Renault ( 17th)
  • 2008: Euro Series 3000 ( 6th place)
  • 2009: Formula Renault 3.5 (ranked 20)
  • 2010: Formula Renault 3.5 (ranked 20)
  • 2010: Auto GP ( 9th place)
  • 2011: GP2 Asia Series (No. 26)
  • 2011: GP2 Series ( No. 27 )
  • 2012: GP2 Series (No. 21)
  • 2013: GP2 Series (No. 12)
  • 2014: GP2 Series

Individual results in the GP2 Series