A1 Team France took another victory in the feature race at Dubai, its ninth of the season with Nicolas Lapierre fighting his way through the field. He finished seventh in the sprint race after a spin in the closing stages. "We had a really...
A1 Team France took another victory in the feature race at Dubai, its ninth of the season with Nicolas Lapierre fighting his way through the field. He finished seventh in the sprint race after a spin in the closing stages.
"We had a really good car all weekend," Lapierre said. "I really wanted very much to win the sprint race as it is so important for the feature race. I started from the clean side of the track but Ireland managed to pass me and I my car had contact with Ireland's as I had no where to go and I went wide slightly off the track. This did some damage to my car which affected its handling."
Lapierre fought hard from start to finish in both races. In the sprint race he had a difficult start and then lost the car as he tried to record the fastest lap during one of the final laps. "Three laps before the end, I still had two power boosts available, and was still looking for an overtaking manoeuvre possibility. But the track was very slippery and sandy and I spun right at the end. I kept the car running, but I dropped back down to seventh and I didn't have enough time to fight back."
"In the feature race had a good first lap although I started from seventh," Lapierre added. "I chose not to come in during the first safety car period. Later on, my pit stop was perfect. The team called me in at the exact perfect time and I could push hard and could pull away from the others and close in on Robbie Kerr. With 14 laps to go, Robbie Kerr was only 1.022 ahead of me. I was determined to finish the race on the first step of the podium and raced very hard. It was an exciting end to the race and I noticed that Kerr had some trouble braking and decided to push hard to pass him. I had to be careful and wait for the right time seven laps before the end of the race. We were then side by side. I had no trouble keeping my line and I was back in the lead. I'm delighted to add another win to our tally and it's great to finish on a high note in the last race having won from seventh position on the grid."
Jean-Paul Driot, team Principal of A1 Team France, added: "I'm really happy with Nicolas Lapierre for scoring ten points in the feature race after a hard sprint race. What a race! I really can't say a lot more except congratulate the Team."
After the sixth round of the new A1 Grand Prix Series, Team A1 France has extended its lead in the championship and has 106 points. The team has notched up nine victories. The next round will be staged at Sentul (Indonesia), where Alexandre Premat is the nominated driver.