Eastern Creek: Team Mexico Friday report

A1 TEAM MEXICO IS FIFTH DURING PRACTISE WITH SALVADOR DURAN AT SYDNEY Sergio Perez drives a rookie session under the rain SYDNEY, Australia (February 2, 2007) - A1 Team Mexico and Salvador Duran took fifth place today, here in the practise...

A1 TEAM MEXICO IS FIFTH DURING PRACTISE WITH SALVADOR DURAN AT SYDNEY
Sergio Perez drives a rookie session under the rain

SYDNEY, Australia (February 2, 2007) - A1 Team Mexico and Salvador Duran took fifth place today, here in the practise held at the 2.44-mile (3.93-Km.) Eastern Creek International Raceway. The Mexican placed fifth with a lap time of 1'19.688, just trailing first place New Zealander Jonny Reid by four tenths.

"This first practise really was very interesting, because we came from a very bad race and having problems at Taupo, New Zealand. We went out with high expectations to be able to be at the front, because I've already known the track, I've already known the braking points and at least had a clear idea of what we had to do and the times we had to set," Salvador Duran said.

"The situation was not that bad, we were ranked fifth at the end. There was a problem with the brakes, because we had the brakes set to the rear, due to Sergio [Perez] had driven before in the rain, and there was a mistake from the engineers for not changing the brake bias to the front."

He added: "Obviously the first three laps with new tyres are the ones that count and it was where we lost [time]. I think we could have been at the front and the expectations are still high for tomorrow. At the track towards the end of the session, we kept running at the pace of the leaders, so this is going to be interesting. I think we have a competitive car and things to be in the top-three places. Therefore, tomorrow is the day that counts and we are going to go out to do our best to be at the front".

On the other hand, the test driver for the Mexican team, Sergio Perez drove under the rain and was eighth on the first segment of the rookie session (1'45.425), whilst on the second one he was 14th with a lap time of 1'39.294, same place in the overall results, where the fastest one was the American driver John Summerton (1'36.569).

"It was a very complicated practise for us, because we had a problem under the rain since Indonesia, because the rear part of the car pushes the front part, but overall, in dry conditions we are fine and I think we can perform well. My whole session was under the rain; the track never dried up. In dry conditions, the team performed well, the balance of the car is more or less good", Perez said.

"It is very complicated a session under the rain and even more with this problem. It was very difficult for me to push the car to the limit under rainy conditions. We are going to work to solve this problem that we have in wet conditions, because if it rains, we need to be prepared to be competitive. Hopefully Mexican team will have a good weekend," he said.

The races will be broadcast on Saturday, February 3, live on SPEED Channel in Spanish at 21:00 hrs. in Mexico, at 22:00 hrs. in Colombia and at 23:00 hrs. in Venezuela.

-credit: team mexico

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Series A1GP
Drivers Salvador Duran , Jonny Reid , Sergio Perez