MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's Filippi is fourth fastest in free practice BAHRAIN (FEB 25, 2010): MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's Luca Filippi finished the first free practice session in fourth place after clocking a time of 1:45.046s. His team...
MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's Filippi is fourth fastest in free practice
BAHRAIN (FEB 25, 2010): MalaysiaQI-MeritusMahara.com's Luca Filippi finished the first free practice session in fourth place after clocking a time of 1:45.046s. His team mate, American rookie Alexander Rossi, is ninth after finishing with a best time of 1:45.424s.
It was a perfect day for a trouble-free practice session that opened the third week-end of the GP2 Asian 2010 Series at Sakhir track. However, a lot of sand made it a dirty track with not a lot of grip. For the GP2 Asia series, in addition to turns 1, 2, 4 and 10, bollards cones have been installed at turns 8, 13 and 14 to avoid the cars to cut the corners.
Filippi, who arrived in Bahrain at yesterday, overcame jet lag to clock an impressive time on circuit he knows so well, having won here in 2007.
"I arrived unusually very late this weekend in Bahrain and I am quite tired from the flight," said the Italian, who was runners-up in the season opening race in Abu Dhabi back in November.
"But getting back behind the wheel on this track where I already won made me feel good again. I had a good morning work and I was very motivated for qualifying. After the first free practice session run I must say everything looks good."
On Lap 6, 15 minutes after the start of the session, Filippi moved up to third, a spot later claimed by British driver Oliver Turvey. After a pitstop for fine-tuning the car the Italian finished the session in fourth after taking the car out for 10 laps.
Rossi, meanwhile, was not too please with his time.
"I was not so pleased in the free practice session even if I'm in the top 10. The track is quite dirty but we knew what we had to do before qualifying," said the 18-year-old Californian.
"I must say that after walking around the track yesterday and confirming the data that I learnt in the working sessions, we are looking good for the Grand Prix. We should have a good qualifying session and one of the key things we have to do is watch the grip level after solving our brakes problems."
The qualifying session will be held later today and the first race is tomorrow afternoon.
-source: meritus racing