My Qi-Meritus.Mahara - Bonanomi 14th as accident ruins Parente's race

My Qi-Meritus.Mahara - Bonanomi 14th as accident ruins Parente's race

26.04.2009: Qualifying Alvaro Parente Parente -8th Marco Bonanomi - 12th Race One: Alvaro Parente - retired lap 13 - Incident involving cars 4 and 19 was investigated after the race Marco Bonanomi - 14th

Qualifying
Alvaro Parente Parente -8th
Marco Bonanomi - 12th

Race One:

Alvaro Parente - retired lap 13 - Incident involving cars 4 and 19 was investigated after the race
Marco Bonanomi - 14th

One week after scoring one more point at their home race in  Malaysia, My QI-Meritus.Mahara started today's race one at Bahrain's Sakhir circuit in hot and sunny conditions with air reaching 37 degrees Centigrade.

Italian Marco Bonanomi and Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente started the 34-lap race in Bahrain from twelfth and eighth respectively for the final weekend of the GP2 Asia season. Parente's race ended after 13 laps when he was pushed off track by Edoardo Mortara (Arden International Motorsport). Parente flew off track at turn 10 after
contact with Mortara, but the Portuguese driver managed to bring the car back to the pits, hoping the damage could be repaired.Marco Bonanomi pitted on lap seven but was then given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

Marco Bonanomi commented:
"I am glad to finish 14th. I had problems with the tyres from the start, and this caused our decision to make an early pit stop. It was a tough race starting from P12. Then I had the drive-through penalty and it took me a long time to come back. I will push again tomorrow for a good finish in race two as I want to finish well in the last race of the Championship."

Alvaro Parente commented:
"The start almost made my race as I could gain positions from and later on when Javier Villa had a drive-through penalty. But then it went awfully wrong on lap 10 as Mortara touched me and pushed me off from the side. There was nothing I could do to finish. The car was too damaged."

 

Peter Thompson, team founder: "The team has already scored one podium finish this season,  with Earl Bamber in China last October, and a point for fastest lap this season. We have the potential but there wasn't much we could do here and we feel  that we lost the chance of having a top ten finish for both cars. I would like to congratulate Kamui Kobayashi and Dams for clinching the Championship."

Raad S. Abduljawad added:
"These racing incidents threw our chances away. The drivers had a good potential. We have to try harder tomorrow for the last race of the season".


- Agnes Carlier-  photos MyQi-Meritus.Mahara

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