Eastern Creek: Team Switzerland Saturday report

Switzerland's Buemi qualifies fifth Sebastien Buemi qualified fifth on the grid for the seventh round of the A1GP season, with an aggregate time of 2.37.266 for tomorrow's sprint race at Eastern Creek. For the first time of the weekend, the ...

Switzerland's Buemi qualifies fifth

Sebastien Buemi qualified fifth on the grid for the seventh round of the A1GP season, with an aggregate time of 2.37.266 for tomorrow's sprint race at Eastern Creek. For the first time of the weekend, the conditions were very hot.

"I used 24 laps this morning in practice to finalise the set-up for the afternoon qualifying. We also did a lot of work on the brakes and it was looking good," Buemi said.

After qualifying Buemi commented, "As we started the first part of qualifying I was careful to get a good feel of the track but nevertheless, I pushed very hard and the car reacted well. We hat two good first segments. In the third segment I made a small mistake and entered the last corner a bit too fast and went a little wide. Finally, in the fourth segment I was a bit unlucky, because someone had gone off in a lot of dust just ahead of me and I had to avoid the dirt on the track. "For my third qualifying of the season, my experience from being fifth in qualifying (Zandvoort and Taupo) is that the position should allow me to score good points for the team, " Buemi added. "Tomorrow, I need points in both races. It should be a realistic goal. I am now focusing on our tyre strategy and how to make the best out of them. It is challenging for everyone and let's see how I can come out of it."

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland commented, "Third row for the start of the sprint race is the reflection of good work. We also have good pace even if I would have preferred that Sebastien completed a perfect lap and we could have been a bit higher. The track is challenging because it looks wide, but it is difficult to overtake. Sebastien needs a good start tomorrow and to find our pace again to finish in a good position."

-credit: team switzerland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Sébastien Buemi , Max Welti