A1 Team Malaysia best qualifying performance ever A1 Team Malaysia line up fourth on the grid for tomorrow's sprint race, with the team's best qualifying performance in the Series to date. Snow greeted the A1 teams arriving early this morning,...
A1 Team Malaysia best qualifying performance ever
A1 Team Malaysia line up fourth on the grid for tomorrow's sprint race, with the team's best qualifying performance in the Series to date.
Snow greeted the A1 teams arriving early this morning, which postponed track action for a couple of hours, and cancelling one of only three one- hour practice sessions that the teams are given before the qualifying period in the afternoon. In this practice, Yoong posted 16th fastest time, but ran on used tyres to conserve his new tyre allocation for the qualifying session.
In the first segment Yoong posted 10th fastest time and then backed this up with a laptime nearly a second quicker. With another set of new tyres he leaped up the standings to 7th quickest, before recording a stunning fourth sector time which shot him up to fourth fastest overall.
Yoong said after qualifying, "I'm very happy. We were nowhere after practice this morning - we were really struggling, but the team did a great job with the car; we made a number of changes and the car just kept getting better and better as qualifying progressed. We were very strong, it was a good team effort. For tomorrow, I'll be looking for a podium, but try and stay out of trouble. Although I'll be aiming for a top three finish, we also need to score championship points. We're seventh at the moment and want to improve on this. It's very important to us, so I won't be taking crazy risks and potentially sacrificing a position in the Series standing."
Jack Cunningham, A1 Team Malaysia Team Principal, endorsed Yoong's comments saying, "Alex really turned some quick laps today and we're very pleased with the team's performance.
It's always a team effort which really turns things around for us and we can see that in our improvements today. Each race weekend we enter new territory, learning how the car reacts to a particular circuit and then making the changes to get the best time out of the car. Our technical team really demonstrated their ability to do that today. I particularly want to pay tribute to Greg Wheeler, our Chief Engineer, and Alex - they worked superbly well together today under Julian Randles supervision, step by step steadily improving the car, ultimately enabling Alex to post this excellent time. We are now looking to turn this superb qualifying effort into two strong points finishes.
From this grid position a podium should be a realistic target but we need to keep our feet on the ground and just do a strong days work tomorrow on race day and see what we can produce out of the bag."
The A1 Grand Prix series continues tomorrow with two races, a 30 minute Sprint race, and a one hour Feature race which includes a mandatory tyre change pit stop. Both races offer World Cup of Motorsport points for the top ten finishers and in the second race, prize money totalling $1 million for the ten highest finishing nations.