Durban: Team Germany preview

A1 Team Germany aims to rein in leaders in Durban Willi Weber sends his A1 Team Germany to the seventh round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season in South Africa with an ambitious goal. Nominated driver Michael Ammermuller should attack...

A1 Team Germany aims to rein in leaders in Durban

Willi Weber sends his A1 Team Germany to the seventh round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season in South Africa with an ambitious goal. Nominated driver Michael Ammermuller should attack for the team of the defending champions a rather meagre points haul last time out. With two victories this season the German squad numbers among the best of the 22 national teams -- only New Zealand with three wins has more.

"Fully motivated as always, but even more focussed than recently and the team should find its old form again," judges Willi Weber. "Many small problems, including two problematical pit stops cost us valuable points in Australia. Michael Ammermuller and the David Sears Motorsport race team have already shown that they can win this season. Now it's all about reducing the 19 point gap to the championship leaders as quickly as possible."

While A1 Team Germany won both races on the shores of the Indian Ocean with Nico Hulkenberg last year, the street circuit is new territory for Michael Ammermuller. "I always look forward to the challenge of new circuits and have shown that I can adapt quickly," says the race driver from Pocking, who celebrated his 22nd birthday ten days before the race in Durban. "I've been told that this event traditionally has a great atmosphere. However, the race will certainly be incredibly tough since you need to go to limit but not over on tight street circuits."

The 3.28 kilometre long street circuit with its eleven mostly right-angled corners occupies a spot on the calendar for the third time since A1GP began in 2005/2006. Last year, 114,000 spectators followed the 550 hp A1GP race cars as they fought for tooth and nail for position around the tightly enclosed, unforgiving circuit: two safety-car periods and 14 retirements twelve months ago speak volumes. At that time, A1 Team Germany and Nico Hulkenberg's eighth victory set a new individual record that remains unbeaten today. A1 Team Germany continued its record breaking trend this year: Race driver Christian Vietoris became the youngest ever winner in the series at 18 years, 9 months and 19 days following his victory in New Zealand. Furthermore, A1 Team Germany became the first team to have assisted three different drivers to victory.

Broadcast times on Premiere: Race Sudnay, 24 February, 1:45 p.m. (live); 5:00 p.m. (repeat).

-credit: a1teamgermany/speedpool.com

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Series A1GP
Drivers David Sears , Christian Vietoris , Nico Hulkenberg , Michael Ammermüller