A1 Team France leaves Brno with mixed feelings with one podium and one retirement. French Driver Nicolas Lapierre, 22, finished in a solid third position in the Sprint Race. His podium gave A1 Team France four points heading to Round 3 at...
A1 Team France leaves Brno with mixed feelings with one podium and one retirement.
French Driver Nicolas Lapierre, 22, finished in a solid third position in the Sprint Race. His podium gave A1 Team France four points heading to Round 3 at Beijing in China on November 10-12, 2006.
Starting 8th on the grid of the Sprint Race after A1 Team Great Britain's fastest qualifying time was disallowed as the car was found to be too wide according to the rules, Lapierre had a fantastic opening lap. He reached 3rd, overtaking a couple of cars and taking advantage of the contact between A1 Team Germany and Team New Zealand at the first corner. From there he maintained his third position until the chequered flag of the 10-lap race.
The Feature Race was a different story for A1 Team France. Lapierre, 4th on the grid, encountered some engine problems losing power right at the start and making him lose a few positions. Losing more and more power, he was then forced to retire from the race during the second lap.
Nicolas Lapierre commented: "The Sprint Race was not easy but I have managed to have a good start and took advantage of the collision at the first corner. After the bad qualifying session we had yesterday, we have found what the problem with the car was. Finishing third at the first race, allowed me to start 4th on the grid of the Feature Race. However, I had an unexpected problem with the engine right at the start of the second race. For some unknown reasons, I was suddenly losing more and more power until the engine stopped. It is really a pity to finish like this, especially after our good result in the Sprint Race."
Jean-Paul Driot, Team Principal, A1 Team France added: "Despite our podium at the Sprint Race, we are very disappointed as we encountered an unexpected engine problem at the start of the Race and we suddenly had no power. This was completely unpredictable and we will now investigate what happened and look forward to a more positive race weekend in Beijing."
A1 Team France, being the first winner of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2005, is one of 23 teams contesting in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2006. After the second round in Brno, A1 Team France is lying 9th in the Championship with 8 points. The next A1GP round will take place in Beijing, China, on November 10 - 12, 2006.
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