A1 Team Brasil in qualifying action in Mexico City A1 Team Brasil will line up for tomorrow's Sprint and Feature races in Mexico City in eighth and 18th positions respectively after this afternoon's qualifying. Bruno Junqueira, who was in ...
A1 Team Brasil in qualifying action in Mexico City
A1 Team Brasil will line up for tomorrow's Sprint and Feature races in Mexico City in eighth and 18th positions respectively after this afternoon's qualifying. Bruno Junqueira, who was in action for the Brazilian squad, had his feature race qualifying ruined when Team Mexico crashed ahead of him, causing him to back off on his hot lap.
The day kicked off with a final hour of free practice, and Bruno took to the track in what turned out to be a very close session, with the top 18 teams separated by just a second at the end. Bruno completed 26 laps of practice on the challenging Mexican circuit, setting a fastest time of 1:22.162, 0.477s behind Italy's Edoardo Piscopo, who topped this morning's session.
In qualifying for the sprint race, Bruno headed out with five minutes of the first session remaining and set a lap time of 1:21.457, putting him in provisional 11th position. He waited until later in the second segment, heading out with just two minutes to go, and improved his lap by six tenths of a second with a time of 1:20.842. His time moved him up to eighth position, securing him a fourth row grid slot for tomorrow's sprint event.
In feature race qualifying, Brasil used old tyres for the first segment. Bruno set a lap time of 1:21.675, which put the team in provisional 14th position. Using the final set of new tyres in the second segment, Bruno headed out late into the session with the majority of the field. He was on the final sector of his hot lap when the home entry of Team Mexico crashed into the wall ahead. Bruno backed off due to the accident and therefore did not set a competitive time. His grid position was then determined from his first lap, set on old tyres, and Brasil will begin on the ninth row of the grid in 18th position.
Bruno Junqueira: "Qualifying for the sprint was okay, I was four tenths from pole and the car was getting better. For the feature race it was really bad. I was on a very good lap, and the yellow flag came out. I thought we needed to slow down like the rest of the weekend so I did, but now they are saying you don't have to slow down in qualifying. So I'm very disappointed but we will try our hardest tomorrow to see what is possible."
Emerson Fittipaldi, Team Principal: "Bruno did well in the sprint race qualifying but for the feature race he had a yellow flag at the last corner. He thought the rules were the same for qualifying as the rest of the weekend so he backed off and we didn't get a good lap in. He should be around P7 or P8 so it's disappointing. But it's a long race tomorrow so we'll see how it goes."