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Brasilia’s Governor Teams Up With F1 H2O World Champ

Brasilia governor Agnelo Dos Santos Queiroz took a ride with Qatar Team world champion Alex Carella before Saturday's qualifying. Photo courtesy F1 H20

With F1 H2O World Championship qualifying underway, Agnelo Dos Santos Queiroz, the governor of Brasilia, hopped in a powerboat cockpit today for two high-speed runs around the race circuit on Lake Paranao in Brazil’s capital city, the venue for tomorrow’s historic first Brazilian Grand Prix.

“It was a fantastic experience and I am looking forward to seeing today’s qualifying and tomorrow’s race,” said the governor, who was driven around the 2,200-meter circuit by two-time defending world champion Alex Carella of Qatar Team.

After Saturday’s qualifying action, American driver Shaun Torrente—Carella’s teammate—and Carella will start Sunday’s Grand Prix of Brazil from the second and third positions, respectively. In a thrilling Q3 shootout between five of the fastest drivers in the world, both Qatar Team racers narrowly missed out on claiming pole position, which fell to Finland’s former world champion Sami Selio with a best lap of 52.65 seconds. Sweden’s Jonas Andersson was fourth and Team Abu Dhabi’s Ahmed Al-Hameli made a superb return from serious illness to claim fifth place.

Below are additional photos of the Qatar Team in action on Friday courtesy of Torrente’s wife, Flavia.

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The Qatar Team poses for a photo in front of the team boats. The Qatar Team has some fun with this team photo in the race pits.
Shaun Torrente takes time for an interview with a television crew. With the boat hoods hoisted in the air, the Qatar Team crew makes sure the boats are ready for Saturday's qualifying rounds.

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