In one of the most exiting qualifying sessions of the year, Marit was 0,02 seconds too slow in Q2 and ended in 7th. - A bit disappointed after being that close and we really tried to push to the last second, says Marit Strømøy from the pit in Sharjah.
In the challenging conditions in Sharjah, the top drivers were fighting for positions from the start of the qualifying. Q1 was rough and all the boats were on the water. The crowd could see even the current championship leader Alex Carella struggeling to get into top 12, but by the end of the session he got to show his true potencial and was fastest. Marit finished Q1 in 11th and that got her into the next qualifying Q2.
In Q2 12 drivers were batteling for the top 6 spots. As the 15 minutes session progressed, the laptimes were getting closer and closer. Marit jumped up and down on the list and for some time it looked like she was inside. In the closing minutes of the session, one driver beat her to the punch and with a margin of 0,02 second, Marit had to watch the Q3 from the shore. - This was not our water today, but we were really close to make i to Q3 and there we would have been faster, said crewchief Andrea Colombo after the qualifying was over.
In Q3 the drivers get to run two laps alone on the circuit in their push for pole position. On the calmer water, Carella proved again his great performance and will start the race from pole position tomorrow. Marit starts in 7th in between Jonas Andersson and Filip Roms. - It will be one hell of a battle tomorrow. I will do my very best to push all the way and lets see after 50 laps who will take the checkered flag, says Marit.
Watch the race live at www.f1h2o.com at 16.00 local time (13.00 in Norway).