In an effort to retain its UIM F1 H2O World Championship title, the Doha-based Qatar Team just finished a crucial five-day preseason test in Italy. Defending world champion Alex Carella of Italy and his American teammate Shaun Torrente attended the session in the presence of Khalid bin Arhama Al-Kuwari, head of formula racing at the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF), engine builder and crew chief Brendan Power and several other members of the Qatar Team, including Alex Canzi and Billy Rucker.
UIM Withdraws Torrente’s License After Crash in China) ruined his chances of winning the last two races and he finished the season 11th overall.The team likes its chances heading into the season’s first race in Brazil on June 2. Carella won last year’s world title for the second year in a row by the margin of 17 points to give the QMSF-supported team a third world title in five years. Torrente proved that he was one of the fastest drivers on the F1 circuit, but a license suspension (see:
“After such a long layoff before the first race in Brazil in June, it was important that we got some testing in to dust off the cobwebs,” Al-Kuwari said in a press release. “We tested some new propellers and engines. It was a good chance for the team to work together again and get in shape before the season begins. We learned many new things and that information will be critical when the racing starts.”
Currently, F1 H2O has a provisional eight-race calendar with the teams venturing to the Brazilian capital of Brasilia for the first time for the opening race. From there, the calendar takes crews to the Ukraine, Russia, China, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.