GP2 Round 4 preview – Bahrain

A race in the desert: sandstorms ahead!

The 2008 GP2 Asia Series is in Bahrain this weekend for the fourth and penultimate Round of the Championship. With two rounds to go before the conclusion of the first GP2 Asia Series, Romain Grosjean is still leading  the  drivers’  championship  with  35  points,  but  the  rest  of  the  standing  has  drastically changed   since   Sepang:   Vitaly   Petrov   and   Fairuz   Fauzy   confirmed   their   strong   GP2   Asia performance.  The  Barwa  International  Campos Team driver scored 14 points in total in Malaysia and is now 2nd in the championship with 24 points.

With an additional 9 points scored at his home track, Super Nova Racing ace Fairuz Fauzy took third place in drivers’ standing, one point behind the Russian. Alongside Grosjean, Fauzy is the only driver to have scored at every race in the GP2 Asia Series. Behind the Top 3, four men can still fight for the finish podium. With 18 points and a 4th place in the championship,  iSport  International’s  Bruno  Senna  will  need  to  rebound  fast  after  his  frustrating Malaysian  weekend  which  saw  him  score  one  single  point  for  fastest  lap  time  in  the  sprint  race.

Meanwhile, Adrian Valles almost had his maiden win. At the wheel of his FMS International car, the Spaniard  led  the  feature  race,  but  an  incident  with  Trust  Team  Arden’s  Swiss  Sébastien  Buemi ruined both men’s hope of victory. Valles is now 5th in the championship, 3 points behind Senna. With  10  points  each,  Dams’  Kamui  Kobayashi  and  Sébastien  Buemi  both  proved  that  they  can pretend to appear on the podium finish. When Red Bull Racing test driver Buemi won the feature race  in  Indonesia,  the  Toyota  F1  third  driver  scored  his  first  victory  in  the  Malaysian  sprint  race. There  is  no  doubt  that  they  will  both  push  really  hard  to  cross  the  finish  line  once  again  before anybody else…

Qi-Meritus  Mahara  Luca  Filippi,  who  won  the  opening  race  of  the  2007  GP2  Series  in  Bahrain, commented:  “The  first  word  that  comes  to  mind  when  you  think  about  this  circuit  is  “beige” because,  compared  to  the  European  circuits,  the  view  you  have  from  the  car  is  of  an  unvarying colour. It is a modern track with all kind of corners just like I like it! It may be dirty because of the sand, but with the right tyre strategy and the perfect line, you should be able to finish well. But, if you go to the dirty part of the track, you can lose big time! It should be another eventful weekend for GP2 Asia Series. Last year, I won here. We will work really hard to make it happen again this year.” Schedule Friday 4 April 11:55 – 12.25 Free practice 16.00 – 16.30 Qualifying Saturday 5 April 15.50 – 17.10 Race 1  (34 laps) Sunday 23 March 11.00 – 11.50 Race 2  (22 laps)