Mid-Ohio: Maserati qualifying report

Maserati visits Mid-Ohio Maserati, which qualified 3rd in class, will start from the back of the grid for the third round of the American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio. Driver Fabrizio De Simone had just put in his fastest lap and was...

Maserati visits Mid-Ohio

Maserati, which qualified 3rd in class, will start from the back of the grid for the third round of the American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio. Driver Fabrizio De Simone had just put in his fastest lap and was poised to improve the grid position, when the car spun in a tight section causing the tires to flat-spot. The car did not go off course, however for the start of the race the tires will need to be changed, resulting in the final qualifying position. The team remains confident for the race as development to the car, specifically modifications to the bonnet aimed at increasing down force, have provided good results.

Maserati competes with an MC12 in compliance with the rules of IMSA. The car matches FIA GT1 specifications and carries a ballast of 10 kilos. The team will not score points for the Championship.

The drivers are Italians Andrea Bertolini - Ferrari-Maserati official tester and Fabrizio De Simone.

The third round of the American Le Mans Series will start on Sunday, May 22 at 12 noon and complete at 3 pm. Live television coverage is provided by CBS Sports in the United States and Motors TV in Europe.

Andrea Bertolini: "I am very happy with the development of the car, the performance of the Pirelli tires and the set up the team has found. Fabrizio did a great lap and we were poised to move up when the incident occurred. Overtaking is difficult on this track so tomorrow will be a challenge, but I go into the race confident of the car given the continued improvement the team has been able to accomplish."

Fabrizio De Simone: "The car is very confident and the tires are finding good grip. The development over the weekend has really made a difference. The incident occurred at a time when we were looking for the optimal performance for this set up. It is clear that we have a challenge tomorrow, but given the direction we have followed, I feel we have a good chance to end the day with a good result."

The participation of Maserati in the ALMS has been made possible thanks to the fundamental co-operation of important partners, including Pirelli and team Risi Competizione, that will support Maserati logistically. The MC12 is using Pirelli Racing P Zero tires, developed in 2004 and currently used on an exclusive basis in the FIA GT Championship. The successful cooperation between Maserati and Pirelli continues in the American Le Mans Series.

-www.maseraticorse.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andrea Bertolini
Teams Risi Competizione