A1 Team Malaysia arrived in Dubai for the sixth round of the A1 Grand Prix series and in the opening test and practice sessions of the event, Alex Yoong, driving for the team this weekend, posted 20th fastest time yesterday, after suffering engine problems in afternoon practice.
The A1 Grand Prix of Nations Dubai event is the first visit to Dubai Autodrome for Alex and he was able to use the two 20-minute morning test sessions to learn the circuit. In the afternoon Yoong and his A1 Team Malaysia crew used the two one-hour practice session to work on the setup of the car for qualifying and the two races.
The Dubai track features two long straights, measuring 0.9km and 1.1km, as well as 16 turns with a total lap distance of 5.39 km and a new challenge for most of the A1 Grand Prix drivers, with only a few having experienced the track before the race event.
Yoong reviewed the day saying, "It's been a challenging day for A1 Team Malaysia. This morning we didn't really get on the pace and we ended up losing a bit of track time. We made some changes for the afternoon but then we suffered unusual engine problems which forced us to retire from the session. We'll be back out tomorrow and looking to improve our times and get further up the order in qualifying."
Jack Cunningham, Team Principal, added, "It hasn't been the best first day of a race weekend for us. It's taking us a little longer than usual to be on the pace and get to grips with the track, but we have an experienced team of engineers who will be reviewing the data and working together with Alex to look for improvements tomorrow. We also need to find out the cause of our engine problem and resolve that in preparation for third practice tomorrow."
8TV is the official Malaysian broadcaster of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations.