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Asia: Bahrain: Meritus Racing qualifying report

Free practice: (20) Luca Filippi - 4th place (1.45.046) (21) Alexander Rossi - 9th place (1.45.424) Qualifying: (20) Luca Filippi- 4th place - 1.43.523 (13 laps) (21) Alexander Rossi - 13th place (1.44.713 (14 laps) Thursday 25...

Free practice:
(20) Luca Filippi - 4th place (1.45.046)
(21) Alexander Rossi - 9th place (1.45.424)

Qualifying:
(20) Luca Filippi- 4th place - 1.43.523 (13 laps)
(21) Alexander Rossi - 13th place (1.44.713 (14 laps)

Thursday 25 February 2010 - MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com drivers Luca Filippi and Alexander Rossi qualified fourth and fifteenth respectively for the first race in Bahrain. Filippi was just four hundredths of a second off pole-position in a very competitive session.

It was a good qualifying round overall equaling the team's best qualifying performance in Abu Dhabi GP2 Asia's event. It came after a positive morning first free practice with Filippi and Rossi finishing fourth (1.45.046) and ninth (1.45.424) respectively.

Luca Filippi commented, "I arrived last minute and unusually very late this weekend in Bahrain and I am quite tired from the overseas flight. But getting back behind the wheel on this track where I have won before made me feel good again. I had a good morning work and I was very motivated for qualifying. Everything looked good. I tried to get the pole but my tyres were dead after my best lap on my second set and I could not push more even if the track was getting better. Nevertheless I'll start from the second row which is a good result as tomorrow will be a long race and the pace here is more important than the positions."

Alexander Rossi noted, "Overall, I know I am a rookie and do not know the track and it was my first time in Bahrain today. I feel like iI had a bad day as I was not very pleased in the free practice session even if I was ninth. The track is quite dirty. A bit like I expected, but I thought we could get better out of qualifying. However, the team managed to find a solution to our morning brake problems. What is important tomorrow is to get into the rhythm of the race and to have a good race strategy."

Peter Thompson added, "I am impressed with Luca Filippi's qualifying today.

This result equals our best team qualifying result which we scored in Abu Dhabi. The team is only 0.049 from the pole man. This is very tight and we proved today that we have the pace to have a strong race starting from second row."

Chairman Raad S. Abduljawad concluded, "The drivers and the team have done a good job today on our home track and set good times. A fourth place when everyone is so tight is excellent for Luca Filippi. There were no other problems than the traffic encountered with Alexander's car. So let's see how the performance goes for our team's home race tomorrow."

-source: meritus

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Series GP2
Drivers Luca Filippi , Alexander Rossi