BAHRAIN (FEB 23, 2010): Three days before the third round of the 2009-2010 GP2 Asia Series season flags off in Bahrain, MalaysiaQIMeritusMaharaGP.com took time off to visit the MISSION LAIQUE FRANCAISE, a school of 460 international students from 40 nations existing since 1902 in Busaiteen.
Team founder and president Peter Thompson, said: "Our job is to win races and that helps the sponsors to win sales for the products, As a team, we never forget to look around and introduce racing to the kids as they are the foundation of all sports.
"This is an important challenge for any team and it is our daily job as a team to make the students aware of our racing program and also how safe it is for a driver to race: Whether his carbon-fiber helmet, his seat-belts, the Hans and neck device and collar that protects the driver, the survival cell or even the car chassis, the brake systems. Everything on a car is safety oriented basically, We wanted to associate with the students from the French Lycee MLF in Bahrain and show that safety is also part of our job as a racing team."
The team brought a dream to the school in the form of Luca Filippi's own GP2 Asia car. Filippi is one of the two drivers for MalaysiaQIMeritusMaharaGP.com team and also a previous GP2 winner and podium visitor at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Italian won a GP2 race in Bahrain in 2007. The team's other driver is Alex Rossi from the United States.
The event was also graced by the presence of His Excellency Dato Syed Sultan Idris Ambassador of Malaysia to Bahrain.
MalaysiaQIMeritusMaharaGP.com is currently fourth in the GP2 Asia standings with 11 points. Team iSport lead the way with 51 points, followed by DPR (15) and Supernova (14).
Its drivers Luca Filippi and Alex Rossi posted the fastest times in the last round at Abu Dhabi and the team is confident it can challenge for podiums if not victories in Bahrain.