Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani has confirmed his team will run both V12 and V8 engine packages

Qatar’s Team Principal, Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani has confirmed his team will run both V12 and V8 engine packages at the season opener in Athens on Sunday, 10 June, with Sheikh Hassan and Matteo Nicolini using the Skema V12 and the new line up in Qatar 95, Abdullah Al-Sulaiti and Luca Nicolini running the Mecury Class 1 V8.

“We have taken the decision to run one boat with a V12 engine and one boat with the V8 until we are sure that the current rules and modifications we have made will serve their purpose in 2007.” said Sheikh Hassan.

“We have switched back to the V12 engine for the beginning of the season because we have been waiting a long time for the new rules governing V8 engines to be finalised and it will take us time to upgrade the Mercury V8 engine to make it as competitive as the V12, so reverting to the V12 for the early part of the season is a quick solution and will give us plenty of time to fine tune the V8s in line with the technical regulations.”