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Asia: Abu Dhabi II: Alexander Rossi qualifying report

Alexander Rossi qualified 5th, posting a 1:52.861 for Team MalaysiaQi-Meritus, missing pole by 3/10ths for Round 2 in Abu Dhabi. HOWEVER, Rossi's 3rd row starting position was short lived, lacking celebration, when the FIA officials found the...

Alexander Rossi qualified 5th, posting a 1:52.861 for Team MalaysiaQi-Meritus, missing pole by 3/10ths for Round 2 in Abu Dhabi.

HOWEVER, Rossi's 3rd row starting position was short lived, lacking celebration, when the FIA officials found the #21 piloted by Rossi out of compliance for a team technical violation on a rear wing setting.

Due to the technical infraction, Rossi was relegated to start 24th for Race 1 on Friday next to his teammate, Luca Filippi who had his own misfortune lining up 23rd.

Alexander Rossi Quote:

"I was pleased with the car and the pace we had today", Rossi said. "As normal in GP2, clean laps are hard to find but lining up P5 I felt we had a clean shot for a win today. Being disqualified for a technical violation is frustrating and definitely changes the scenery starting from the rear of the grid. I will make the most of racing from the back, but it poses a different strategy versus starting from the third row. The car is really good and I'm confident in my own ability to gain track position. If we have a good opening laps and a clean pit stop anything can happen."

Peter Thompson Quote:

"We proved today that we had the pace", Peter Thompson commented. "Unfortunately we had technical problems and human error by the team that was simply unacceptable. The drivers now have a big task in today's race, but each believe they have the car and the pace to aim for a top-8 result."

-source: www.alexanderrossi.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Luca Filippi , Alexander Rossi