GP2 champion Leimer says he deserves F1 seat

2014 GP2 Champion Fabio Leimer

2014 GP2 Champion Fabio Leimer

The new reigning Champion of the Formula 1 feeder GP2 Series will not move up to the pinnacle of motor sport in 2014.

Since the series’ inception in 2005, every single champion became – or, in the case of Giorgio Pantano, had already been – a Formula 1 driver.

But that run stopped with the 2012 Champion, when Davide Valsecchi carried the GP2 crown to a mere test role with Lotus. The Italian now looks set to bow out of Formula 1 altogether.

Now, the 2013 Champion, Swiss Fabio Leimer, is also missing out on Formula 1.

The Swiss newspaper Blick speculates that his financial backing, formerly bolstered by Rainer Gantenbein, has now run dry.

Leimer, 24, admits to being disappointed, “From a sporting point of view I deserve it.”

Veteran correspondent Roger Benoit said that Leimer is currently looking into potential moves to the German touring car series DTM, or the world sports car series. (GMM)

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