Surprisingly, it is Abu Dhabi’s second driver, Mansoor Al Mansoori who leads the 2022 UIM F2 World Championship – Powerboat Racing World spoke with Abu Dhabi team manager Guido Cappellini about the situation:
PRW: Has the strategy now turned in Team AD?
GC: Our reigning world champion, Rashed Al Qemzi, can’t retain his title this year with two wins if Mansoor, Stefan Hagin or Sami Seliö finish, so obviously our focus changes. Mansoor does not have a problem with Rashed doing well this weekend, it is primarily Hagin who is the challenger this time.
PRW: There were rumours in the pits yesterday that they are considering a final round in Abu Dhabi this year?
GC: Nothing would please me more, but it’s certainly not a rumour that comes from us or something that the team know about.
Personally, I can also say that we want to return, also with F1H2o – but that is up to the club in Abu Dhabi, and not us.
As you know, I live in Abu Dhabi, so I promise, I’m ready to welcome races, but that’s only something we can hope for in the future.
PRW: So, what is the strategy of Team AD this weekend?
We will go out and attack from the start. Our boats are, as always, well prepared. In testing, Rashed’s new 2022 DAC F2 is always the fastest, so we’ll see what the day brings. As my good friend, Billy Seebold always said, ‘sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good’.