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Carella was the big loser in the middle session after

having his best lap time of 46.27s deleted for cutting

the course on another run, dropping him to eighth

and elevating Stromoy to fourth, Victory’s Ahmed Al

Hameli to fifth and handing a lifeline and shootout

slot to Team Amaravati’s Jonas Andersson.

Andersson opened the shootout with a best lap of

45.22s which Al Hameli was unable to better, missing

out by a mere one hundredths of a second.

Next out was Stromoy and targeting a first pole

position since Portugal in 2011 and immediately

posted the fastest time of the day with a staggering

44.72s lap to take the provisional pole. Stark followed

and produced his best time on his first run but

missed out by 0.26s with Al Qemzi’s time of 45.06s

eventually putting him fourth.

Torrente was last out and the tension mounted as

he pulled out of his first run and was suddenly under

massive pressure to deliver the team its fourth pole

of the season, but then produced a simply breath

taking run to snatch pole position from Stromoy by

0.18s. “The whole day was a series of mistakes by me

and then to get it done at the last second is great,”

Torrente said. “In Q2 I changed to a bigger propeller

which I thought I needed and I did. But with less than

30 seconds to go I was out. But I made a good solid

lap and went P1. Then in Q3 having seen Marit’s

time which was huge I pressed too hard and made a

mistake so I aborted and just had to pull out a near

perfect lap, which I did.”

It was another massively frustrating day for the CTIC

F1 Shenzhen China duo who had been struggling

with engine issues and ahead of a race that they

really need to be running in the top three or four to

keep any flickering title hopes alive, but now faced a

huge mountain to climb with Peter Morin qualifying

in seventh and Philippe Chiappe in tenth behind

Blaze Performance’s Francesco Cantando.

The Abu Dhabi trio starting one-three and four [on

Sunday] were going for an unprecedented third

successive Grand Prix podium lockout, the woman

standing in their way was Stromoy, bidding for a

second Grand Prix win.


n° 5 DECEMBER | 2018