Brands Hatch, 23 September - 25 A1 cars each racing for the pride of their nation took to the track today for the first time in two one-hour official practice sessions for the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Brands Hatch, Great Britain. A1 Grand Prix...
Brands Hatch, 23 September - 25 A1 cars each racing for the pride of their nation took to the track today for the first time in two one-hour official practice sessions for the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Brands Hatch, Great Britain.
A1 Grand Prix Founder, President and Chairman Sheikh Maktoum said: "We had an interesting day and saw a lot of action in two very different sessions. It is obviously early days but I'm very happy with what I have seen. I think the 25 teams have put on a professional show which looked impressive on television. We are also delighted that the fans turned up to watch the track action here at Brands Hatch today and know from ticket sales that we will get a big crowd on Sunday."
A1 Team USA recorded the fastest lap time for the day in the first official practice session. A1 Driver, Scott Speed commented: "I'm quite happy with the way things have come together considering it has all been put together very fast and obviously it is quite encouraging to start a new season so quick. I last raced on this Grand Prix track in 2003 but I might as well have come to a new circuit as I didn't remember any of it! It's not so complicated actually but the car is quite a handful especially if you want to drive it at the absolute limit. It is quite easy to get 90 per cent out of it but the last 10 per cent is quite difficult. We have a very strong dry set up but we struggled a bit in the wet for a few reasons and we are hoping to sort that out for Sunday if it rains."
Home driver, A1 Team Great Britain's Robbie Kerr said: "It has been a tricky day but it has gone well so we have to be happy. We are still learning about the car so have changed it quite a bit but the good thing is that we are going in the right direction. We have been working together now as a team for about a month and a half but in reality we have only worked together for five days so I am even happier about how well it is all coming together. Even though it is my home race, there are a lot of drivers here who know the track better than I do. I love Brands, I think it is a brilliant track and after talking to some drivers who had never been here before, after the first session they told me they loved the place. It is a brilliant venue to start the first A1 in the world."
Nelson Piquet Jr. recorded the fastest lap in the second official practice session which ran in wet weather. Piquet commented: "We were a bit unlucky because we had some problems in the first practice session but it was no disadvantage as I was fastest in the second session. We don't have any major problems and the Team is working well but it really is too early to tell how quick we are going to be. I think qualifying and the Sprint race will say a lot about this weekend. It could be the true pointer for how the weekend is going to be. Obviously it is equal for everybody so it is good to be quick early on however I have a good history on this track as I have raced here on the long track in Formula 3 and won."