Durban: Team Switzerland Friday report

A1 Switzerland in good shape in South Africa Friday, February 23, 2007 - The eighth round of the 2006-07 A1GP season takes place this weekend on a spectacular street circuit in Durban (South Africa). A1 Team Switzerland rookie driver Marcel ...

A1 Switzerland in good shape in South Africa

Friday, February 23, 2007 - The eighth round of the 2006-07 A1GP season takes place this weekend on a spectacular street circuit in Durban (South Africa). A1 Team Switzerland rookie driver Marcel Faessler clocked the third fastest time during the first part of the rookie session with 1.21.279 and 16 laps. In the second part of the session he finished with a promising fourth fastest time (1.20.924).

As for race driver Neel Jani, he covered 11 laps and clocked the day's sixth fastest time of 1.19.583.

Marcel Fassler commented, "I am pleased with my times. This track is a really fun for a driver. Now that my driving duties are complete, I can go surfing on the beach but I'll have to beware of the sharks! I have done some really useful homework and preparation for Neel. I used part of the session to learn the track, but I also took advantage of the session to develop a baseline set-up for Neel for the rest of the weekend."

Neel Jani added, "I have not been behind the wheel since December 10, 2006 in Indonesia almost twelve weeks so it took me a couple of laps to get used to the handling again. It is very different to Champcar, where I've been testing quite a bit. The work was really useful this afternoon. The track is as interesting as I remembered it from last year. We had a good session and covered everything on our plan despite the red flags that stopped the session. For sure we lost valuable time and will have to take a lot of decisions tonight in front of the computers with the engineers. We need to be ready with a good strategy for tomorrow's qualifying session. I'm feeling confident in any case."

Max Welti, Team Principal, A1 Team Switzerland added: "Both drivers have worked very well today to develop the set-up of the car for optimal qualifying conditions. A bit of a shame that the track conditions deteriorated and that the sessions were shortened with the red flags, but it was a good day for us overall."

A1 Switzerland finished the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series season as runners-up. After 11 events and 22 races around the world, A1 Team Switzerland finished second place in the overall standings with 121 points behind champion A1 Team France, and with a 24 point advantage over third place A1 Team Great Britain.

-credit: team switzerland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Marcel Fassler , Neel Jani , Max Welti