Asia: Abu Dhabi II: Meritus Racing race 2 report

Race 2 (20) Luca Filippi 17th (21) Alexander Rossi 9th Saturday, February 06, 2010 The grid was reversed for the top eight for the start of the 22-lap second race this weekend at Abu Dhabi. MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's Luca Filippi and ...

Race 2
(20) Luca Filippi 17th
(21) Alexander Rossi 9th

Saturday, February 06, 2010 The grid was reversed for the top eight for the start of the 22-lap second race this weekend at Abu Dhabi. MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's Luca Filippi and Alexander Rossi had reasonably good grid positions for race two, starting from 14th and third respectively.

Alexander Rossi rocketed from third to second position at the second start of race 2. Villa had stalled before the formation lap and the start of the race was aborted. Meanwhile Luca Filippi improved by seven positions from the starting line up and was up to seventh. There was a lot of action on the track with Josef Kral (Super Nova Racing) stopping after hitting both Sam Bird and Luca Filippi at turn 1. It was a move that dashed Filippi's hopes of a points finish. After that, the safety car was deployed briefly to clear the track after car 8 stopped at turn onr. Luca Filippi was lucky to be able to drive back to the pits with only two flat tires. He rejoined the race and was immediately back into the competition.

Rossi meanwhile was pushing Michael Herck (DPR) but lost a bit of time at the restart when the safety car came back in. He dropped to fourth and then to fifth on lap 12 while Luca Filippi was trying to recover in 20th. Complaining about engine power and oversteer, Rossi finished the race ninth while Filippi climbed to 17th.

Luca Filippi: "I would have liked to do better for both me and for the team. I am not happy to finish 17th of course. But at least I finished the race. I had a good start and gained seven positions. But then I was hit and my hopes of finishing in the points were dashed at once. I am lucky to have suffered only two flat tires. The team is lodging a protest, but this will not give me the race back. Let's look ahead for a better result at the Bahrain race."

Alexander Rossi : "Leaving from 3rd and finishing 9th is not a good result. It was disappointing because I had a good start but felt there were problems with power from the start. The engine was not following, and I had oversteer problems. So I felt I had no chances after six laps given I was encountering unexpected problems . I could not keep up the pace. On the positive side, I am off to UK to do some work on learning the Bahrain track with my engineers. I do not know the track, so there is still a lot of work to do in the future."

Chairman Raad S. Abduljawad said: "We are looking to a good home race in a few weeks time on the Bahrain track on February 25-26. Racing in Bahrain is always a great experience and it's a circuit that all drivers enjoy driving. "

Peter Thompson, President and team founder: "A pity that we could not maximize our positions, but the boys have done a great job and kept their 3rd and 5th place in the classification of the series at the close of the second Abu Dhabi round of the GP2 Asia Series. The team has found the pace. We also had bad luck and need to improve in a few areas. But I am confident that the whole team will come together for a great performance."

-source: meritus racing

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Michael Herck , Sam Bird , Luca Filippi , Josef Kral , Alexander Rossi