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GP Week : Issue 40
Valsecchi still in with GP2 title shout DAVIDE Valsecchi will go into the final race weekend of the 2008/2009 GP2 Asia Series determined to pip long-time title leader Kamui Kobayashi to the championship, although it will be an uphill struggle to stop the Japanese driver from sealing the crown. Valsecchi’s third position in terrible conditions on Sunday in Malaysia, combined with Kobayashi’s failure to score, means that, with a 14 point gap between the top two drivers and 20 to play for in Bahrain at the end of the month, there is still a slim chance that he can pull off the seemingly impossible. “It will be really difficult,”he told GPWeek. “We’ll check the situation in Bahrain. I think we have a little chance, but we have to make a great job. We have to win everything and get pole position. It won’t be easy, but okay, now we are second, today was fantastic, I’m happy for the podium. “Last time in Bahrain DAMS were really competitive in comparison to us. We were really in trouble in qualifying but then we solved it with a great race to recover and it was perfect. It’s not going to be easy, but we try.” Kobayashi was passed on the line by Campos’Sergio Perez, and with his team-mate Vitaly Petrov also taking the win, it’s not just the drivers’title which will be decided in Bahrain, as the team championship will also be concluded between long- term leaders DAMS and Campos. BMW joins the diffuser protest party BMW Sauber has joined fellow F1 rivals Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault with an appeal against the findings of the FIA Stewards, in declaring the diffusers of the BrawnGP, Toyota and Williams cars legal. Having submitted their protest too late to be heard in Melbourne, BMW Sauber formally protested the three teams in question following qualifying in Malaysia. As in Melbourne, the protest failed as the stewards decreed that the cars “comply with 14 the appropriate 2009 Formula 1 Technical regulations.” The protest was seen as a mere formality, as its rejection gave rise to the ability to have the appeal heard at the FIA Court of Appeal on April 14 alongside the appeals of Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault. McLaren, Toro Rosso and Force India made no move to protest the Diffusergate three, and have all remained relatively far removed from the debate.