Mexico City: Team Brasil Friday notes

A1 Team Brasil back in action in Mexico City A1 Team Brasil hit the track today as round eight of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport kicked off in Mexico City, with two free practice sessions. New rookie Felipe Guimaraes was at the wheel...

A1 Team Brasil back in action in Mexico City

A1 Team Brasil hit the track today as round eight of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport kicked off in Mexico City, with two free practice sessions. New rookie Felipe Guimaraes was at the wheel of the A1GP car for this morning's rookie practice, before handing over to Bruno Junqueira for the afternoon, and who will undertake driving duties for the remainder of the weekend.

South American F3 race winner, 16-year-old hotshot Felipe Guimaraes, made his A1GP debut in this morning's rookie practice. In the first 25-minute segment Felipe was tasked with learning the circuit before moving onto set-up work for the team. He completed 27 laps in total, setting his fastest lap of 1:23.773 in the second segment, in which he finished seventh fastest.

Bruno, who has finished on the podium in Mexico City four times over his Champ Car career and who raced for Team Brasil last time out in South Africa, returned to the cockpit for this afternoon's one-hour practice session. Following a set-up programme to find the optimum configurations for tomorrow's qualifying and Sunday's races, Bruno completed 21 laps of practice, setting the ninth fastest time with a lap of 1:22.126, seven tenths of a second behind session leaders Team GBR.

Bruno will drive in one final hour-long practice session tomorrow morning before the afternoon's sprint and feature race qualifying sessions.

Bruno Junqueira: "Today went okay, we tested a few things on the car this afternoon. It started quite good and got better although we tried something towards the end that didn't work and lost us a couple of positions. Great Britain and Switzerland look good but I'm still taking it easy and things will be much better tomorrow."

Felipe Guimaraes: "During the first session I did some laps to learn the track and the car and did some work on the brakes. I was far from the limit and just taking my time to learn everything. In the second session I could push harder. The car had a little bit of oversteer but felt very good on the last run after we made some set-up changes. I've had a great time working with the team and Emerson and I'm pleased with this morning's results. I hope to keep learning and hope that I can continue to be a part of A1 Team Brasil."

Emerson Fittipaldi, Team Principal: "Felipe had a very strong session as all the drivers ahead of him had experience either already in A1GP or in F3000. He finished less than a second behind the best lap on a very long track and I am very pleased with his performance. I'm really happy with Bruno's performance. He knows this place very well so doesn't need a lot of laps. He is finding a few things on the car and we are confident for tomorrow."

-credit: a1teambra.com

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Series A1GP
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Emerson Fittipaldi , Felipe Guimaraes