A1GP South Africa hottens up for A1 Team Pakistan The A1GP Durban, South Africa continued today, as the pressure and the temperature soared on South Africa's golden coast. Nur Ali took to the track alongside nations from around the globe, to ...
A1GP South Africa hottens up for A1 Team Pakistan
The A1GP Durban, South Africa continued today, as the pressure and the temperature soared on South Africa's golden coast. Nur Ali took to the track alongside nations from around the globe, to represent Pakistan in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. After competing in the four segment qualifying session, A1 Team Pakistan will start tomorrow's Sprint race from the 12th row of the grid.
A1 Team Pakistan were on track this morning for the final practice session before qualifying, giving the team a final chance to work on set up. Although the A1GP cars have yet to race in anger in Durban, many drivers made unforced errors making contact with the unforgiving concrete walls. Again, today's sessions were delayed with numerous red flag periods. The trend continued throughout qualifying with the second and third qualifying segments disrupted by red flag periods. While many teams were unable to set a time in the second segment, A1 Team Pakistan were one of the first out on track and were thankfully unaffected by the incident.
The A1GP Durban, South Africa is quickly emerging as the most physically demanding race of the season. Track temperatures today reached 43C, air temperature 30C and humidity an uncomfortable 75 per cent. Wearing fireproof undergarments, fireproof double layer race suit, gloves, balaclava and helmet, and race boots, drivers can loose up to 3.5 litres of body fluid per race. With many of the sessions extended and delayed this weekend, Nur Ali and the other A1GP drivers are having to endure the high temperatures for longer than usual.
Speaking about conditions in the car, Ali commented, "It was a very difficult session today, the good thing is that we kept it clean and kept it out of the wall. We had a few issues with the car, we tried a couple of new sets of tyres and our times didn't approve that much. Yesterday the car felt better; today it was hit and miss. We came in so many times during practice this morning to make set-up changes, but unfortunately it didn't quite seem to work.
"It's clear from the practice and qualifying today that there will be a lot of incidents in the races, so if we keep it clean and out of trouble, we stand a good chance of making up some places and getting the best possible result for Pakistan".