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Asia: Sepang: Qi-Meritus.Mahara Friday notes

Penalty hinders encouraging qualifying for Qi-Meritus.Mahara First practice Luca FILIPPI 2nd place 1.46.344 (12 laps) Hiroki YOSHIMOTO 10th place 1.47.093 (13 laps) Qualifying Race stewards imposed five-place grid penalty for race one on...

Penalty hinders encouraging qualifying for Qi-Meritus.Mahara

First practice
Luca FILIPPI 2nd place 1.46.344 (12 laps)
Hiroki YOSHIMOTO 10th place 1.47.093 (13 laps)

Qualifying
Race stewards imposed five-place grid penalty for race one on the original lap times and positions for Luca Filippi (originally fifth, will start 10th) and Hiroki Yoshimoto (originally 14th, will start 19th).

Qualifying in Malaysia

for the third round of the new GP2 Asia series started in very hot conditions. Luca Filippi was immediately in position to clock lap times in the top five and the

Qi-Meritus.Mahara drivers should have secured fifth and 14th places on the grid, but Stewards imposed a five-place grid penalty on them both.

Despite extremely hot weather in the morning, the team's first practice went well and Luca Filippi, the recently appointed Honda Formula One test driver and Hiroki Yoshimoto finishing second and tenth.

Luca Filippi said: "The pace of our car is not too far away from the top speed. Like a number of other drivers, we will be handicapped by the penalty for the start of the race. But I am pleased with our work. Malaysia, is home for the team and the results here are extremely important. The circuit is fantastic and I like the way the corners are challenging the car. It is going well and we are progressing. The set-up of the car is satisfying and we have a good pace."

Hiroki Yoshimoto added, "We worked hard and high temperatures did not make it easy. In qualifying we had a lot of traffic. This made the session difficult and I was always stuck in traffic on my flying laps. I'm hoping that the weather will allow us to have a good race tomorrow."

Peter Thompson, president and team founder, Qi-Meritus.Mahara: "The team has done a lot of work today. The strong pace in qualifying makes us confident for the race that will be long."

-credit: meritusracing.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Hiroki Yoshimoto , Luca Filippi