Brands Hatch: Team Switzerland race report

Unlucky finale for A1 Team Switzerland Saturday, April 28, 2007 - Brands Hatch, UK - A1 Team Switzerland did not finish the sprint race after an accident on the eighth lap with South Africa. This in turn compromised the team's chances in the ...

Unlucky finale for A1 Team Switzerland

Saturday, April 28, 2007 - Brands Hatch, UK - A1 Team Switzerland did not finish the sprint race after an accident on the eighth lap with South Africa. This in turn compromised the team's chances in the feature race.

Buemi drove a determined feature race with mixed fortunes and managed to climb back from 20th on the grid to 12th place at the finish. A1 Team Switzerland's season total stands at 50 points and 8th place in the championship.

Buemi explains: "In the morning, for the first race I was slowed down by Karthikeyan who had a poor start. This meant that behind me Holland and South Africa had the opportunity to pass. It was frustrating because I was much quicker than South Africa and there is not much opportunity to pass on this track. I managed to pass South Africa and then he closed the door causing us to touch, which ended both our races. That meant I had to start from 20th in the feature race which was a real challenge. Nevertheless I managed to overtaking six competitors at the start and eventually finish twelfth. We were on a late pit stop strategy and I was chasing Portugal when the second safety car came out and we had to change our race strategy.

It was a real shame not to make it into the points after such a hard race,and my fastest lap -- third quickest overall -- showed we had a very strong pace today. In any case, I am looking forward to a new season and to be the driver in Zandvoort at the end of the year and the start of the third A1GP season. I would like to thank everyone in the team for their efforts and dedication around my season. Now, I am back to F3 with my team Mucke and will test this week in Magny Cours"

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland commented, "Buemi was a bit unlucky today. This second A1GP season is over and we scored 50 points. We have a solid foundation from where to build our third season. We're determined to fly the Swiss colours high again and start the new season on a high note."

-credit: team switzerland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Max Welti