Durban: Team Germany Saturday report

A1 Team Germany head Qualifying for third time in a row Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany remains unbeaten in the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport: The team starts round eight from pole position in South Africa after Nico Hülkenberg claimed the...

A1 Team Germany head Qualifying for third time in a row

Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany remains unbeaten in the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport: The team starts round eight from pole position in South Africa after Nico Hülkenberg claimed the fastest time in qualifying for the third time in succession. The 19-year old "star of tomorrow" from Emmerich claimed first place on the grid at the races in New Zealand in January and Australia in February before rounding off each weekend by winning all four races.

Nico Hülkenberg immediately set himself atop the time sheets with a lap of 1m18.241s in the first of the four qualifying segments around the Durban circuit. His second run time of 1m18.430s saw him trailing the New Zealander Matt Halliday by 0.249s. However, the sum of both times left the German in front. In the third outing Nico Hülkenberg navigated the street circuit in 1m17.884s. This time was 0.153s slower than the New Zealand team which duly assumed provisional pole position with a combined advantage of 0.213s. A1 Team Germany fought back in the final segment: Nico Hülkenberg posted the fastest time of the entire weekend with his lap of 1m17.520s. As a result he claimed pole position, New Zealand lines up 0.147s behind and France 0.181s in third.

Nicolas Hülkenberg:

"I'm delighted about claiming pole position for the third time in qualifying. The first run was difficult, because I had to find the limit on new tyres for the first time - but I headed the time sheet anyway. Despite not being able to select third gear once I was only two tenths slower in the second outing. My third attempt wasn't bad but most of the teams lost time because of the red flag and then everybody was on track at the same time, so it was very difficult to keep the new tyres up to temperature. In the fourth run I set fastest time again with new tyres, but it was still a nail-biting finish. There was another red flag after which France and Switzerland could have bounced back, but we had just enough of an advantage."

-credit: germany

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg , Matt Halliday