Laguna Seca: Team France Saturday report

A1 Team France conquers first row in Laguna Seca Laguna Seca, California/USA; Saturday, 11 March 2006 -- A1 Team France will start tomorrow's Sprint Race in Laguna Seca from the front row of the grid. After a very competitive and...

A1 Team France conquers first row in Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca, California/USA; Saturday, 11 March 2006 -- A1 Team France will start tomorrow's Sprint Race in Laguna Seca from the front row of the grid. After a very competitive and exciting session in very cold conditions, Nicolas Lapierre's aggregate time of 2:30.895 minutes was good enough for second place on the grid, just behind Mexico. Thus, France will start for the seventh time out of ten events from the front row.

Lapierre was fastest in the first (1:16.202 minutes) and in the third outing (1:15.384 minutes), Mexico did the fastest time in the second and in the last of the four qualifying rounds. It was a close battle between France and Mexico that went right down to the wire and was decided only in the ultimate last corner: Lapierre made a slight mistake, came sideways and lost the 1.5 tenths of a second that brought him into 2nd place on the grid.

Nicolas Lapierre said: "My mistake in the last corner obviously costed me pole position. I was all time in front and I had the car to do the pole. But at the end we are here to win the championship. We are in front of Switzerland and that was our main objective. On the other hand I am a racer and I want to win whenever the flag drops. So I promise, tomorrow I will set A1 Team Mexico under pressure."

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nicolas Lapierre