Disappointment for A1 Team Germany in qualifying After clinching two grid positions on the first row at both of the two past race weekends in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany suffered a disappointment at the sixth...
Disappointment for A1 Team Germany in qualifying
After clinching two grid positions on the first row at both of the two past race weekends in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany suffered a disappointment at the sixth round in Australia. At Eastern Creek near Sydney, Michael Ammermuller in his A1GP race car merely qualified for rows four and seven for the sprint and the main race on Sunday.
In the first qualifying session, in which nearly all nation teams were out on the track only in the last two minutes, an accident of the Lebanese car in the fifth turn prompted the Yellow Flag to be waved. As all contenders were slowing down, this led to a traffic jam on the 3.93-kilometre circuit. Michael Ammermuller from Pocking was unable to find a free lap after this. That is why his time of 1m21.134s only earned him 18th place. In the second session, again on new tyres, A1 Team Germany improved clearly, setting a time of 1m18.632s. The team thus claimed seventh place on the grid for the sprint race.
In qualifying for the main race, Michael Ammermuller in the first session on used tyres set a lap time of 1m20.138s, achieving the ninth-best result in the field of 22 nations. Although in the second session on new tyres the German improved by another six tenths of a second to 1m20.138s, his rivals were stronger again. In the end, A1 Team Germany had to settle for 13th place on the grid.
"I'm very disappointed as, following my previous fifth place in free practice, I'd clearly been hoping for more. I think our biggest problem today was that we didn't make optimum use of the new tyres. In the first session we had no chance when a traffic jam resulted from the accident and the Yellow Flag. In the second trial things were going much better, although I still lost too much time in some of the turns. In the third outing we were on old tyres and made a mechanical change, which did not pay off. So we reversed it again and in the fourth trial used the last new set of tyres. The balance of the car was simply not as good as it should have been, and what's more, I made a major driving mistake during the last session. This cost me time in as many as two consecutive corners. Improving on this circuit in the race will be pretty difficult. We need to put our hopes on the mistakes of other teams and, on our part, ensure that we will -- as always -- manage good pit stops and of course a clever strategy with the squad of David Sears Motorsport."
-credit: team germany