GP2 Lights on Qatar

The GP2 Asia Series makes history this week as round 4 of the 08-09 championship will take place at night-time at the Losail International Circuit Each round has had its hero so far in the 08-09 GP2 Asia Series season.

If Shanghai saw Piquet GP Roldan Rodriguez stun the field with a pole position and a win in the feature race last October, Dubai  was  the  home  of  Dams'  Kamui  Kobayashi's  glory  in  December  as  the  Japanese  scored thirteen points and took the lead in the drivers' championship.

The third round of the season took place  three  weeks  ago  in  Bahrain  and once again Kobayashi claimed victory in the feature race, but  it  was  his  teammate  who  scored  the  most  points  -  thirteen  -  throughout  the  race  weekend thanks  to  stellar  driving  skills  and  great  determination.  Dams  are  now  clearly  leading  the  teams' classification with their drivers Kobayashi and d'Ambrosio respectively first and fourth in the drivers' championship.

On  top  of  the  French  squad's  great  results  in  Bahrain,  three  more  notable  performances  put another good spin on this season. GP2 debutants  Edoardo Mortara, Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Perez  rapidly  showed  stunning  driving  skills. 

On  their  first  GP2  outing,  Hülkenberg  and  Mortara respectively scored a pole position and a podium finish while Perez in his third GP2 race weekend snatched a maiden win in the sprint race and became the youngest GP2 race winner. It's time now for the fourth round of the season, one that will most likely go down in history.  The Losail International Circuit hosts one of the most anticipated events of the month: for the first time, a GP2 race weekend will take place at night-time.

GP2 Technical Director Didier Perrin commented: "This will clearly be a must-see event! It will be a great challenge both for the drivers and the teams. First of all, this will be a first time for everyone on this track. There are no data to work with. Therefore, free practice will be all the more crucial in order  to  find  the  right  set-up  quickly  and  efficiently.  However,  we  already  know  that  this  track should not be too tough on the brakes. The layout of the circuit here in Losail could be compared to the  one  of  Valencia's  former  track  with  only  one  long  straight."  He  added:  "One  of  the  question marks will be how to manage the tyres in unusual track conditions: not only don't we know what the grip level will be, but we also don't know the effect of track temperatures which could be quite low at night."

Schedule*

Thursday 12th February 18.00 - 18.30 Practice 20.30 - 21.00 Qualifying

Friday 13th February 19.00 Race Start

Saturday 14th February 19.00 Race Start *Local time