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Maserati MC12 climbs on the podium at Algarve

Müller/Ramos make the podium in the Algarve

Lady Luck did not smile on the Maserati crews this weekend at Portimao. The win that seemed within Müller/Ramos’ grasp vanished when the safety car came on, ruining the team’s strategy. This was not the only unfortunate incident as Bertolini/Bartels punctured and lost a substantial amount of time (though the safety car’s entry put them back in the running). The MC12s crossed the line in third, fifth and sixth. This is perhaps not the best result given the potential the cars displayed, even with ballast on board. However, it is an outcome that keeps Bertolini/Bartels’s title hopes well and truly alive.

 

STARTING GRID

19/09/2009 Portimao

#DriverTime
01Enrique Bernoldi1:40.664
02James Ruffier1:40.754
03Alex Müller1:40.820
04Anthony Kumpen1:41.164
05Alex Pier Guidi1:41.168
06Andrea Bertolini1:41.410
07Bas Leinders1:43.854

RACE RESULTS

20/09/2009 Portimao

#DriverTime
01Ruffier/Longin2:01:39.556
02Kumpen/Hezemans2:02:12.778
03Müller/Ramos2:02:31.466
04Maassen/Streit/Bernoldi2:02:37.575
05Bertolini/Bartels2:02:37.866
06Pier Guidi/Bobbi2:02:38.110
07Leinders/Kuppens1:51:27.146
08Lemeret/Hines1:41:31.472

PIT & PADDOCK

20/09/2009

Post race comment
Alex Müller: «I think the safety car put paid to our plans as we were leading comfortably and in control and suddenly that all changed and we were playing catch up».