Laguna Seca: Team Switzerland Saturday report

A1 Team Switzerland starts from 16th place in Laguna Seca Laguna Seca, California/USA; Saturday, 11 March 2006 -- A1 Team Switzerland endured a difficult qualifying and will start tomorrow's 10th round of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series from...

A1 Team Switzerland starts from 16th place in Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca, California/USA; Saturday, 11 March 2006 -- A1 Team Switzerland endured a difficult qualifying and will start tomorrow's 10th round of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series from 16th place on the grid. It was obvious that driver Giorgio Mondini is lacking practice time in the 520-hp A1 Grand Prix racecar. Due to heavy rain showers and even some snow fall, the second of the three free practice sessions was delayed for Saturday morning and eventually even cancelled.

Mondini did a lap time of 1:19.313 minutes in the first of the four qualifying rounds. He improved to 1:18.177 minutes but the time was cancelled due to the fact that he missed to follow the track marshals for a weighing procedure. In the third outing Mondini improved to 1:16.479 minutes. In his fourth attempt he did a time of 1:16.820 minutes. His overall aggregate qualifying time combined from the two best lap times was 2:33.299 minutes.

"My third lap time was quite okay but the other ones have been bad", commented Giorgio Mondini. "My last outing was supposed to be the best one but I made a mistake. On top of that I was hindered by Brazil. I was close behind their car and the driver braked very early for the first corner, so I lost time. P16 is very far away from my own and the car's possibilities. It's a shame. Nevertheless I have to realize that I cannot catch up in a few days the advantage the other guys have. Tomorrow I want to catch up some positions which will be very difficult as the track is very narrow."

Max Welti, team principal, added: "Taking into consideration the limited practice time, Giorgio did some satisfying progress. Unfortunately he missed his last outing in order to grab the chance finishing in the top ten."

A1 Team Switzerland is one of 25 teams contesting the new A1 Grand Prix Series, the "World Cup of Motorsport". After the last round in Mexico, A1 Team Switzerland is ranked second in the championship with 121 points.

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Series A1GP
Drivers Giorgio Mondini , Max Welti