In all truthfulness, Binder did not deserve the move up to GP2, after 3 underperforming years at German F3. While German F3 champ Eriksson is in GP3 next year, runner-up(Auer), 4th(Gilbert) and 5th(Blomqvist) are in European F3, Binder is in GP2.
Binder was what Lazarus needed: a cashed-up driver who could sustain the team until the end of the season whilst they gained some much-needed experience. And while he’s still with the team, at least his sponsor dollars will be used to subsidise the second season, allowing Lazarus to take someone that they would otherwise be unable to afford.
As for Leal, wasn’t he beaten by teammate Richelmi last year?
Yes, he was, but that was mostly because Richelmi picked up a podium at Silverstone in the atrocious conditions. Otherwise, he would have beaten Leal by a single point.
Besides, Richelmi has moved to DAMS this year, whilst Leal is at Racing Engineering. Richelmi might be the better driver, but DAMS is easily the better team.