Eastern Creek: Team Switzerland race report

Buemi takes Switzerland up to fifth in the championship. Eastern Creek (Australia) Sunday, February 04, 2007 - A1 Team Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi finished fourth in the sprint race at Eastern Creek and earned another four points in...

Buemi takes Switzerland up to fifth in the championship.

Eastern Creek (Australia) Sunday, February 04, 2007 - A1 Team Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi finished fourth in the sprint race at Eastern Creek and earned another four points in the feature race to take Switzerland's overall total to 36 points in the championship. Switzerland has now climbed to fifth overall in the classification.

Buemi commented, "The start of the sprint race was not easy as New Zealand , Jonny Reid and Great Britain were very strong. I considered passing France Loic Duval, but I did not want to take any big risks at that stage. I am satisfied to have finished in fourth after starting from third row. I kept my pace all race and took another good start after the safety car introduction and protected a second line start for the feature race.

He continued: "I have mixed feelings for the feature race. I would have liked to score more points this weekend. I feel that the course of the race would have been changed if I did not miss the start as I immediately lost a few places. After the start I already reacted in the second hairpin and overtook two cars. Our effort was stopped because the pace car was deployed after Canada's accident. But then after the restart I found my pace. We had a bit of trouble at the pit stop with one of the wheel guns and again I lost a few places. After earning three points in Zandvoort and one point in Brno, and nine points in New Zealand I'm pretty happy to have scored another seven point on my first visit to Australia."

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland added: "Sebastien Buemi had an excellent weekend. It started with the sprint race. He established that his car was as quick as most of the teams. He drove a fantastic race without mistakes and had quick reactions when needed. Sebastien was also wise with using his tyres. Despite Sebastien missing his start in the feature race, he reacted exceptionally well all along these 50 laps and never gave up. His tough fight wasn't made easier by a complication during the pit stop with one of the wheel guns that suddenly locked while changing the wheel. This weekend Switzerland has climbed three places in the championship and now ranks 5th with 36 points. To finish one point only behind Great Britain is an incredible boost to our team's spirit."

Neel Jani's recovery continues to progress to the doctor's satisfaction. He should be back with the team driving in Durban for the eighth race of the season on Sunday, 25 Feb, 2007.

-credit: team switzerland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Neel Jani , Loic Duval , Sébastien Buemi , Max Welti , Jonny Reid