DRIVER NOMINATIONS FOR QUALIFYING
Dubai -- With just over 1.5 seconds separating the top and the bottom of the timing sheet and less than half a second separating the top six, this afternoon's qualifying session will be a hard fought contest for pole position in tomorrow's Sprint race. On a circuit just 18 months old, A1 Grand Prix is setting a new benchmark for lap times, recording speeds in excess of 270kph and a fastest lap time of 1.45.676 set by A1 Team France's Nicolas Lapierre this morning.
Qualifying consists of four 15 minute sessions with a 10 minute break between each. Only one driver per A1 Team is allowed to take part in Qualifying but that driver must have completed at least three timed laps in an Official Practice session. Each driver is limited to three laps - effectively one "flying lap" - per session and must record at least two times, an aggregate of which will determine that A1 Team's position on the grid for Sunday's Sprint race. The grid for the Feature race will be determined by the outcome of the Sprint race. <pre> Nominated drivers for Qualifying A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Dubai, UAE
A1 Team Driver Australia Will Davison Austri Mathias Lauda Brazil Nelson Piquet JR Canada Sean McIntosh China Tengyi Jiang Czech Republic Tomas Enge Franc Nicolas Lapierre Germany Adrian Sutil Great Britain Robbie Kerr India Armaan Ebrahim Indonesi Ananda Mikola Ireland Ralph Firman Italy Enrico Toccacelo Japan Hayanari Shimoda Lebano Basil Shaaban Malaysia Alex Yoong Mexico Salvador Duran Netherlands Jos Verstappen New Zealand Matt Halliday Pakist Adam Khan Portugal Alvaro Parente South Africa Stephen Simpson Switzerland Neel Jani USA Philip Giebler