Eastern Creek: Team India Friday report

Steady progress for Sureshwaren at the A1GP The A1GP Sydney, Australia began today, the seventh round in the World Cup of Motorsport, which takes in 11 events around the globe. Parthiva Sureshwaren took part in his first full day of track...

Steady progress for Sureshwaren at the A1GP

The A1GP Sydney, Australia began today, the seventh round in the World Cup of Motorsport, which takes in 11 events around the globe. Parthiva Sureshwaren took part in his first full day of track action in an A1GP car at the Eastern Creek circuit, 40km outside Sydney. The Chennai born racer will complete all sessions for A1 Team India this weekend, while Narain Karthikeyan fulfils his F1 commitments.

Having spent only two 25-minute sessions in the car previously, Sureshwaren spent two hours of track time today getting used to the characteristics of the A1GP car and learning the Eastern Creek circuit.

Speaking about his first day of full running, Sureshwaren said, "The wet running was really difficult this morning, I was still trying to get used to the car, as I'd only spent a short amount of time on track in Indonesia. Today I was just learning the track and the car and not pushing totally, so tomorrow should hopefully be a better day."

Having raced in F3 and World Series, Sureshwaren is enjoying getting to grips with the A1GP car, but admits it is physically demanding, "This car is a lot more physical than other cars I've raced before. The World Series car for example is easier on the arms than the A1GP car, only on the neck is it more difficult. Through the corners, the A1GP car isn't as aggressive, as it doesn't have as much grip and slides through the corners. So I'm learning all these different things and trying to find the limit on this circuit at the same time, which is a bit difficult. I should be able to work on that tomorrow and pick up the pace."

Speaking about the Eastern Creek circuit, Sureshwaren said, "The circuit is nice, it's very flowing and there are a couple of really good corners. It might be a bit difficult to overtake during the race, but I think it should produce some good track action."

A1 Team India Seatholder, Yohann Setna said, "The rain this morning wasn't much of a help, as that delayed Parthiva getting used to the car. We had a little problem in the second session, the car hit some debris which seemed to fall off the German car, which created some severe vibrations and caused the steering to go off-centre. I think that affected his times, and we didn't see his true pace. But he's consistently improving and we have time to work on a few things tomorrow in final practice. He's doing a steady job, not trying anything too ambitious at the moment, which is good."

A1 Team India will be back on track for final practice at 11.00 local time tomorrow, before the four segment qualifying session gets underway at 14.15.

-credit: team india

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Series A1GP
Drivers Narain Karthikeyan