The Qatar Team has arrived in Kiev, Ukraine, to take part in the third round of the UIM F1 H20 World Championship this week with drivers Alex Carella and Shaun Torrente faced with very different objectives.
Carella, the defending World Champion, is fresh from winning the last round of the series in Tatarstan and will be aiming to close in on Team Abu Dhabi s championship leader Ahmed Al-Hameli. The Qatar driver, who finished fifth in Ukraine last season, trails Al-Hameli by eight points and both drivers realise the important of a podium finish or even an outright win this weekend.
Torrente was the form driver in Tatarstan and must pick himself up quickly from the devastating mechanical problem that cost him a potential Grand Prix win and has pushed him down to fifth in the championship standings heading into Saturday’s Grand Prix of Ukraine on the Kiev Sea. He trails Al-Hameli by 26 points and needs a top finish to keep his title challenge alive.
“Ahmed Al-Hameli, Alex, Phillipe Chiappe and Sami Selio have a little space between them and the chasing group at the moment,” said Khalid bin Arhama Al-Kuwari, head of formula racing at the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF), which runs under the presidency of HE Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al Thani.
“We know that everyone will be fighting for as many points as possible. We must also be mindful that we need to keep our equipment in one piece. Shaun had bad luck in Tatarstan, even though he got the pole position. We have had our fair share of misfortune as a team since Doha. Now it’s time that our luck changed.”
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