Asia: Bahrain: Luca Filippi race 1 report

MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's Filippi earns second podium of the season SAKHIR, BAHRAIN (FEB 26, 2010): MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's Luca Filippi earned his second podium of the 2009-2010 GP2 Asia season when he finished second behind Davide...

MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's Filippi earns second podium of the season

SAKHIR, BAHRAIN (FEB 26, 2010): MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's Luca Filippi earned his second podium of the 2009-2010 GP2 Asia season when he finished second behind Davide Valsecchi at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) today.

The Italian's second runners-up spot of the 2009-2010 season, was a perfect birthday present for team founder and president, Peter Thompson, who turned 54 today. It also meant that the Malaysian company moved up to third in the Constructors' Championship with 19 points, one behind DPR and further 41 behind iSport.

Filippi's eight points also moved him up to third in the Drivers' Championships as he now has 16 points, Valsecchi is the runaway leader with 45 points while his iSport team mate Oliver Turvey is second, also on 16 points.

There is a sprint race tomorrow and the season comes to an end at the same venue next month where it will be support the Bahrain Formula 1 Race.

Managing director Firhat Mokhzani, in a telephone interview, said: "We are very happy as Luca was very competitive and could have even fought for a win. It is a good birthday present for Peter, but we analyse how we can do better in tomorrow's second race."

Filippi and team mate Alexander Rossi qualified fourth and 15th respectively for the first race. Filippi was just four hundredths of a second off pole-position in a very competitive session.

It was a good qualifying overall that equalled the team's best qualifying performance of the season. Rossi suffered mechanical problems and failed to finish the race.

-source: luca filippi

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Luca Filippi , Davide Valsecchi , Oliver Turvey , Alexander Rossi