Asia: Sentul: Qi-Meritus.Mahara race two report

QI-MERITUS.MAHARA is looking forward to Malaysia Round 3/5 in GP2 First practice Luca FILIPPI - 9th, 1.23.948 (16 laps) Hiroki YOSHIMOTO - 16th, 1.24.860 (17 laps) Qualifying Luca FILIPPI - 2nd, 1.22.390 Hiroki YOSHIMOTO - 13th,...

QI-MERITUS.MAHARA is looking forward to Malaysia Round 3/5 in GP2

First practice
Luca FILIPPI - 9th, 1.23.948 (16 laps)
Hiroki YOSHIMOTO - 16th, 1.24.860 (17 laps)

Qualifying
Luca FILIPPI - 2nd, 1.22.390
Hiroki YOSHIMOTO - 13th, 1.23.922

Race 1 (46 laps or 75 minutes)
Luca FILIPPI (car no. 27): win but excluded
Hiroki YOSHIMOTO (car no. 26): DNF

Race 2 (31 laps or 45 minutes)
Luca FILIPPI (car no. 27): 21
Hiroki YOSHIMOTO (car no. 26): DNF

Under wet conditions after a dry morning, the 31-lap-long second race started at 1 PM. On the grid Hiroki YOSHIMOTO (car no. 26) was in 11th position while Luca Filippi the recently appointed Honda Formula One test driver was leaving from the back of the grid as a consequence of an exclusion from the results after race 1. This was, of course, a huge disappointment for the team having scored ten points in Dubai on the occasion of the new series first event.

The wet race was interrupted by several outings of the safety car. Filippi was sided in an incident with Nunes. The incident almost stopped Filippi's race prematurely on the tenth lap. But Luca was able to restart the car and bring his car to a finish for the second race of the second GP2 Asia Series event.

Hiroki YOSHIMOTO in car no. 26 encountered a problem with the clutch and his car stalled on the grid thus losing the advantage of starting in 11th place. He started along his team-mate at the back of the grid. When Hiroki pitted on lap 13 he felt he had nothing more to loose and tried slick tires in case the rain would stop. Three laps from the end his gearbox blocked and he was out of the race.

Luca Filippi:"There was nothing I could do when Diego Nunes and I touched cars. He pushed me off. It took me three laps to restart the car. I have the impression that the 31 lap long race never started and that we were always behind the pace car. In my opinion, it was not wet enough to start behind a pace car. The rest of the time I could never really push because of combination of the conditions, the accidents and the interruptions. I am looking forward to better times in Malaysia and will be glad to fly there as soon as possible."

Hiroki YOSHIMOTO: "I went through an unexpected problem on the grid. I released the clutch and nothing happened and then I stalled. So I had to start from the back. After the safety car was out for a long period again, I came back to the pits because I felt that there was a problem with the gear. I used the stop to take a gamble with slick tires in case the weather would clear and the track would dry. It did not work this way. In any case, I had to stop three laps before the end with a gearbox problem.

Peter Thompson, president and team founder, Qi-Meritus.Mahara: "The team came in with a lot of hopes. It was not a good week-end despite a podium and a strong race by Luca Filippi. Hopefully we can do better at our home track in Malaysia for the third event of the season. We are looking forward to some more development and improvement for the third event."

-credit: meritusracing.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Luca Filippi , Diego Nunes