The third round of the Formula 2 World Championship, currently in Brindisi, Italy, is entering a decisive turn as the events and details of the main and final race begin today with the participation of 20 boats.
The attention of the followers turns to the champions of the UAE, where they will defend the top of the overall standings of the world championship, through the Abu Dhabi team, which is currently on top of the summit with 35 points currently, through the boat «35», led by Rashid Al Qamzi, in addition to the participation of teammate boat «Abu Dhabi 36 »Under the leadership of Rashid Al Tayer, and also the presence of a strong elite of the championship professionals, who are looking to take the lead now from the UAE team through an exciting challenge.
Today's race starts in an exciting atmosphere and numbers, where the Committee decided to qualify 20 boats to participate in the race course, which is a length of 1,650 meters, along the coast of Brindisi and the Adriatic Sea where the maximum number of participation in the last five seasons, in any round, a maximum of 18 boats However, the request from the Italian Marine Sports Federation, the host of the tournament, that the number of participants to be 20 through the competition.
The Victorian Tim Foundation is participating in the tournament through the 27 boats, led by Mansour Al Mansouri and Victory 4 led by Ahmed Al Fahim, who appeared together in the first two rounds in Latvia and the second in Norway, where they aspire to compete strongly in the world championship. The Sharjah boat is also led by Ferdinand Zindenburg.
Al Qamzi is behind the Sharjah boat, led by Ferdinand Zindenburg with 21 points, and third is German Stefan Hagen with 20 points, and the fourth is the Portuguese boat Duarte Benevity with 16 points, while the fifth is the Swedish boat Daniel Sijenmark with 15 points.
The first place in the race has 20 points, the second place gets 15 points, the third 12 points, the fourth on nine points, the fifth on seven points, the sixth on five points, and even the tenth place on one point.
The race starts at 6:30 pm Italian city time, where it is expected to last approximately 40 minutes, and will be held before the main race session for the participating boats. An early regatta will also be held early in the best-time race, in order to determine which boats are in the main race and complete the 20 boats.
Abu Dhabi team leader Salim Al Rumaithi said that some teams are worried today about the main race and the track. “The fear may be of the narrowness of the area where the race is being held. "There will be waves in the competition that could have an impact in some areas of the participating boats. We have confidence in legendary coach Capellini and also our champions, who are able to overcome any technical hurdle."
Suffering the start
There was a strange phenomenon associated with the boat «Abu Dhabi 35» in the first and second rounds of the championship, where the boat does not respond to the launch attempts to seconds after seconds, and nevertheless achieved the title of the first round, and runner-up in the second.
As usual, the boat underwent rigorous technical examinations, all parts causing it were changed, and the technical staff identified all scenarios that could cause this temporary malfunction.