Brno: Team Germany Saturday notes

Row four and five for A1 Team Germany Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany will start the sprint race from the fourth row and the main race from the fifth row of the grid for the second round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Brno on ...

Row four and five for A1 Team Germany

Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany will start the sprint race from the fourth row and the main race from the fifth row of the grid for the second round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Brno on Sunday. Nominated driver Christian Vietoris struggled with the traffic on the circuit and a small set-up problem with his 520 hp race car after having started the main race in the Netherlands from the front row at the opening round of the season.

The A1GP race car from A1 Team Germany suffered with oversteer in the two-part qualifying session for the sprint race. In the first fifteen minute session Vietoris finished in seventh position after recording a time of 1m46.173s. In the second part of the session the German improved by 0.7 seconds to record a time of 1m45.409s. The 18-year old recorded the seventh fastest time overall from the two opening qualifying sessions. The driver from Gonnersdorf will therefore start from the fourth row.

Afterwards the starting grid for the main race was decided in two further qualifying sessions around the 5.4 kilometre rollercoaster track in the Czech Republic. In the first part A1 Team Germany set the eleventh place on used tyres with a lap of 1m47.286s. With new tyres nominated race driver Vietoris improved to a time of 1m45.765s despite the amount of traffic on the circuit. As a result, he qualified ninth from a field of 22 nations for the main race.

Christian Vietoris: "Unfortunately our set-up wasn't quite right today. After everything went perfectly on Friday and we set the fastest time, we had a lot of understeer this morning on the used tyres. For this reason we changed the set-up again before qualifying and, as it turned out, in the wrong direction. In the two qualifying sections for the sprint race I then had big oversteer. We then went back with the set-up step-by-step until it was the same as Friday, but it was only in the fourth session that it was as it should have been. Unfortunately, I had to overtake several cars on my last fast lap which cost me a lot of time. Ninth place on the grid for the main race was the best I could do. It'll be tough to make up places in the sprint race tomorrow. With a bit of luck a podium finish in the main race could be possible, because overtaking is possible in Brno."

Broadcasting times on Premiere: Race: Sunday, 14 October, 14:45.

-credit: a1gp.germany

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