Asia: Abu Dhabi: Ocean Racing Tech race one report

Ocean Racing Technology knocking on the door of a podium finish Alexander Rossi 4th in GP2 Asia debut The two Ocean Racing Technology racers made brilliant debuts in the GP2 Asia Series championship today on the Yas Marina circuit in Abu ...

Ocean Racing Technology knocking on the door of a podium finish

Alexander Rossi 4th in GP2 Asia debut

The two Ocean Racing Technology racers made brilliant debuts in the GP2 Asia Series championship today on the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. Alexander Rossi moved up nine places to cross the finish line in 4th place just 2.3 seconds shy of 2nd place. The American racer was the best rookie in the first race of the season, just like his teammate, Fabio Leimer, had been the best rookie in testing at Abu Dhabi last week, and second best in qualifying thanks to his 3rd place.

Alexander Rossi was pleased with the progress made during the course of the weekend so far, even if he was just that little bit shy of securing a place in the first third of the grid. But with a car fine tuned by Ocean Racing Technology, the American driver was able to attack during the race and his eventual 4th place was all the more impressive in such a very competitive championship on this new circuit. "I had a great start and I am happy with the result. Obviously I would have liked to have been on the podium, but starting from 13th I can be satisfied finishing my first race in 4th place. It bodes well for Sunday's race, as from 5th on the grid I hope that securing a podium, why not a win, will be in our reach. The race will be interesting, I am very motivated and I am confident in the car," explained Rossi.

Meanwhile, teammate Fabio Leimer did not have the same success but the Swiss racer displayed exemplary behaviour despite the difficulties he encountered. His engine stalled on the pre-grid and he was therefore forced to start from pitlane as a result. However, he did not lose motivation and found an excellent rhythm, as his 4th fastest race lap shows. Leimer describes the race that was made of a succession of incidents which saw him eventually crossing the finish line in 17th position: "It went really bad. I let the engine revs go too low after the formation lap and I had to start from the pits. It is even more penalizing in Abu Dhabi as the end of the pit lane goes through a tunnel where you have to brake, and I was 50 seconds behind the field when I finally took to the track. Then, I got a drive through penalty for speeding in the pits during my pit stop and it cost me more time. But I never gave up and I clocked the fastest race lap several times. I ended the race with a damaged car after contact that made me spin. I had a lot of misfortunes but at least we proved that we have the pace and we are among the fastest out there. It will be impossible to fight with the front runners tomorrow but I'll do my best to try and get a point," Leimer promised.

Weather forecasters predict clear skies and high temperatures of 30o.C for the second race, which will be broadcasted by Eurosport live at 10:30 am.

-credit: ort

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Fabio Leimer , Alexander Rossi