Selio in the Qatar Spotlight.

 After a whirl-wind tour of Europe and Scandinavia, where on route he
attended the lavish UIM Gala Dinner in Monaco to collect his 2010
Drivers World Championship title, Sami Selio is now in Doha, the
capital city of Qatar, for the opening round of the 2011 F1H2O UIM
World Championship.

- When I won the world title for the first time they did not have an
award ceremony. But now it is nice to see all the various world
champions together, this is what the UIM has been missing for years,
Selio said.

Since 2007 Selio has an enviable record of never finishing out of the
top three in the world championship.

- It is great to start this year with number one on the side of the
boat, although now everyone is watching us. The media are spending
more and more time with me and the team. Of course this is good for
our sponsors and we have learnt from previous experience how to handle
this as it can become quite time consuming.

Because of the short winter break Selio will be using the BaBa hull
that he won last years title with for at least the opening two Grand
Prix. These will be fitted with 2.5 litre Mercury units supplied by
his Canadian based engine specialist PTR.

- Alex Hledin from PTR has had an excellent winter testing programme,
so hopefully we can get our season off to great start, Selio said.

Joining Selio and his Mad Croc Team this season will be last years
Rookie-of-the-Year runner-up Davide Padovan who drove for the Rainbow
Team. The 28 year old from Vercelli, Italy showed a great deal of
potential last year with five top-ten finishes.

He has always been passionate about racing and engines, but unlike
Selio, Padovan actually started his racing career with go-karts at the
age of twelve. After winning several regional, Italian and
International karting titles he switched to powerboats and joined the
Woodstock Racing Team run by BaBa Boats Massimo Roggiero to compete in
Formula 1000. During his first season he finished in second place in
the Italian championship with 6 podiums positions including a race
victory. In 2009 he competed in the Formula 2 World Championship
finishing the year in a very creditable fifth place.

- Padovan scored some excellent results last season with old
equipment. I think he?s a very talented driver and should make a good
team-mate, Selio said.

As to Selios former team-mate Alex Carella, perhaps he has seen as the
World Champions biggest rival.

- I have heard that Carella has been getting some great results in
testing for his new Qatar Team. He is even beating his new team-mate
Jay Price, Selio said.

Another driver that Selio is keeping an eye on is the American Shaun
Torrente, who is making his championship debut. 30 year-old Torrente
has won the North American title for the last two seasons and has been
dominating most events in America since 2008. He will team up with
Jonas Andersson, who will take delivery of the latest spec BaBa hull
at the Grand Prix of Portugal.

As to the 2011 calendar, although it has a familiar look to it, there
are several new venues including two new ones in China, Nanyang and
Haikou, which is situated on the north east coast of Hainan Island.
Another brand new venue is Kazan which will stage the first ever Grand
Prix of Tatarstan, followed two weeks later by the Grand Prix of
Ukraine held in the Kiev region.

- I?m really looking forward to racing at the new venues. New venues
always means new media. I am very happy with this years calendar, ten
races in good location, but for now my total attention is on securing
a good result in Doha, Selio said.
03.03.2011