Mexico City: Team Brazil race report

A1 Team Brasil's misfortune continues in Mexico City A1 Team Brasil's run of bad luck continued today at the Mexico City round of the 2006/07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport as driver Bruno Junqueira was put out of this morning's sprint race by the...

A1 Team Brasil's misfortune continues in Mexico City

A1 Team Brasil's run of bad luck continued today at the Mexico City round of the 2006/07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport as driver Bruno Junqueira was put out of this morning's sprint race by the home entry of Team Mexico. This put him at the back of the grid for the feature race, and although he made up six positions over the 45 laps, he wasn't able to score any points. It is disappointing for the team after making a huge leap in performance over the weekend, setting lap times as fast as the front runners, and scoring its best qualifying position of the year.

After recording Team Brasil's highest qualifying slot this season yesterday, lining up seventh on the grid, Bruno and the team had high hopes for today's sprint race, especially after showing a very strong pace throughout Saturday. Bruno made an outstanding start and moved up to fourth when his race was cruelly ended before the first corner as Salvador Duran of Team Mexico hit him from behind, pushing him horizontally down the main straight and then into a spin, which caused him to crash into the Team Germany car. He managed to nurse the car back to the pits, but retired from the race.

Starting from 20th in the afternoon's feature race, Bruno began to pick his way up, passing three cars in the opening laps and moving up to 17th. On lap 7, he made a brave move on Team India's Narain Karthikeyan, but suffered a spin and dropped back to 19th. Undeterred, he began his fightback once again, and by lap 18 was in 14th place. Mid-way through the race he had a dice with India again for 13th place, and after switching positions various times, he eventually got the upper hand, and crossed the line in 13th.

Bruno Junqueira: "It was a really difficult race this afternoon. Everything started in the sprint race. I made a good start but then I was hit by Salvador, so I started from the back in the feature race. I went past a few guys, and I tried to save the PowerBoost so I went past like that. Then I tried to pass India and the car went sideways in second gear and I nearly stalled, so I lost out a bit there. I had a good fight with India after that, and eventually I went past and stayed ahead. When I had a free track ahead for the first time, the car was good and I was setting lap times faster than the leaders. It's a real shame we had a car that could fight for a podium and we didn't end up doing that."

Emerson Fittipaldi: "I was very unhappy with the sprint race. Bruno made a fantastic start, he was already up to fourth and then Salvador [Duran] hit him from behind and took him out of the race. Bruno was already ahead so he should have backed off and instead he ruined our race. I think we've had an unfortunate results because we had a good weekend up until today. We had great pace in the race though, sometimes we were running faster than the leaders when Bruno had a clear track. The sprint race upset the whole weekend, we had a car and driver able to be on the podium. Bruno is a true racer though, and I hope he can race well for us in Shanghai and Brands Hatch."

-credit: team brasil

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Series A1GP
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Emerson Fittipaldi , Salvador Duran