Asia: Bahrain II: Meritus race 1 report

Free practice: (20) Luca Filippi - 5th (2.08.664) (21) Alexander Rossi - 4th (2.08.530) Qualifying: (20) Luca Filippi- pole position 10 laps (2.07.087 ) (21) Alexander Rossi - 10th (2.08.022) penalty ten places on the grid from last ...

Free practice:
(20) Luca Filippi - 5th (2.08.664)
(21) Alexander Rossi - 4th (2.08.530)

Qualifying:
(20) Luca Filippi- pole position 10 laps (2.07.087 )
(21) Alexander Rossi - 10th (2.08.022) penalty ten places on the grid from last race

Race
(20) Luca Filippi win (29 laps)
(21) Alexander Rossi 11th

SAKHIR (MARCH 13, 2010): Luca Filippi delivered MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's first ever victory in GP2 Asia when he won the main race at the Bahrain Grand Prix today.

The Italian, who had delivered the Malaysian team's first ever pole position in yesterday's qualifying session, took the chequered flag in 1'06:15.383s for his second win on this track. He also won here in 2007. Team mate Alexander Rossi finished 11th after working his way up from 20th.

Filippi drove a perfect race, leading from start to finish without ever been overtaken despite a safety car period. The win takes the Italian up to second in the Drivers' Championships with 29 points.

Davide Valsecchi of iSport leads the way with 53 points and will be crowned champion regardless of who he does in tomorrow's final race of the 2009-2010 GP2 Asia Series. DPR's Giacomo Ricci is third with 23 points, followed by Arden duo Charles Pic and Javier Villa who have 18 points each.

Filippi said: "I am so happy to win this race. I was pushing at every lap but I was also careful to nurse my tires and saved some rubber for the last laps in case I came under pressure.

"I want to thank everyone in the team for helping me and I am so happy to have brought a win to the team. It was a good sign to have qualified in pole yesterday. I'm just so happy. I can't find the right words to express myself. Even the safety car did not stop my effort.

"I got the job done and I hope that tomorrow I'll be on the podium again despite starting from eighth due to the reverse grid."

The Malaysian team is now third in the Constructors' Championship with 32 points, four behind Arden while iSport leads the way with 70 points. DPR is fourth with 30 points.

Peter Thompson, team founder said: "Our first win after three years of existence in GP2 Asia. I could cry to see that we have finally put it together as a team. I am so impressed with our achievement in front of our sponsor Questnet and their fans and supporters.

"I also want to thank the Honourable J. Adam Ereli, American Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain. Our team's supporters, His Excellency Dato Yahaya Abd Jabar, Ambassador of Malaysia to UAE who came to the race and Dato'Syed Sultan Idris Ambassador of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Bahrain who supported the team.

"This win is an amazing feeling. Today is the first day that we celebrate a GP2 win as a team and I dedicate our win to Mohamed Bin Sulayem, the Vice President of the FIA and president of the United Arab Emirates' automobile club."

Chairman Raad S. Abduljawad, whose home is 20 minutes from the track, concluded: "This is the greatest and most fantastic result that I could wish for our team. Filippi did an excellent job qualifying in pole and winning. He also got the fastest lap. It could not be better today."

-source: meritus

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Luca Filippi , Davide Valsecchi , Giacomo Ricci , Alexander Rossi , Charles Pic , Javier Villa