A1 Team France and Alexandre Premat take tenth win in South Africa South Africa, Durban, Sunday 29th January - A1 Team France took another victory in the sprint race at Durban (South Africa), its tenth of the season with Alexandre Premat...
A1 Team France and Alexandre Premat take tenth win in South Africa
South Africa, Durban, Sunday 29th January - A1 Team France took another victory in the sprint race at Durban (South Africa), its tenth of the season with Alexandre Premat starting from pole. After winning the spring race, Premat fought against the odds and ended up seventh in the feature race scoring a grand total of 14 points.
"We were strong in warm up which gave us plenty of confidence for the rest of the day," said Premat. "The sprint race was trouble-free until the last lap when Jos Verstappen hit my rear-left wheel. Luckily the damage was not too serious and the team could fix it in time for the feature race."
"In the feature race I didn't have such a good start, and Neel Jani took advantage of this coming side by side with me," Premat added. "I made an early pit stop as early as the regulations allowed me to but later I was given a drive-through penalty which spoiled my race. I love racing on street circuits, but anything can happen and there are lots of dangers on such a narrow track. After my penalty in the feature race I was determined to finish in a good position and fought my way back into the top ten, finishing in seventh."
Jean-Paul Driot, team Principal of A1 Team France, added: "I am disappointed with the problems we encountered in the pit lane during the feature race. Scoring 14 points and keeping the lead of the championship is the most important thing."
After the seventh round of the new A1 Grand Prix Series, Team A1 France has extended its lead in the championship and has 120 points. The team has notched up ten victories. The next round will be staged at Sentul (Indonesia), where Nicolas Lapierre is the nominated driver.