Season-best qualifying slot for A1 Team Brasil at Mexico City A1 Team Brasil made a big improvement in performance today in Mexico City, to put in a strong showing in final practice, and then go on to qualify on the fourth row of the grid for ...
Season-best qualifying slot for A1 Team Brasil at Mexico City
A1 Team Brasil made a big improvement in performance today in Mexico City, to put in a strong showing in final practice, and then go on to qualify on the fourth row of the grid for tomorrow's sprint race, in seventh position - the team's first top ten qualifying this season. With Bruno Junqueira at the wheel, the team put in consistently fast times in practice, finishing fifth in the standings. Qualifying could have proved to be better, but the team is happy with a solid top ten grid slot, and is looking to impress in tomorrow's races.
Despite qualifying the Team Brasil car in its best position of the season, qualifying was a mixed bag for Bruno, and the team was slightly disappointed not to have scored a higher grid slot. Bruno abandoned his first qualifying sector after making a mistake and running wide after braking too late, and then ran the second segment on old tyres. In the third sector, he was on for a lap time in the high 1:27's, but made an error in the middle sector, which cost him around half a second.
Everything was down to the final segment, with Bruno heading into the all important session in 14th. An outstanding lap of 1:27.160 elevated him up the standings, putting him in seventh place overall at the chequered flag. Without his error in Q3 on new tyres, Team Brasil would have been looking at a third or fourth place, which gives the team confidence heading into tomorrow's races. The sprint race begins at 11am local time, with the feature race kicking off at 3pm.
Bruno Junqueira: "I'm quite happy with the improvement that we have made since yesterday. This morning in practice we were pretty fast, and we maintained that pace in qualifying. Unfortunately I made mistakes on my first and third runs and my second run was on old tyres. My last run was pretty good but because I didn't get two good laps together, I wasn't able to put us any higher, which is a real shame. I lost at least half a second in my mistake on the third lap, which could really have put me ahead into P3 or P4. However, I'm quite excited because it gives me confidence for tomorrow, and the car is proving really good on hold tyres. I'm happy I stepped up and pushed hard. Team Brasil is getting better in every session, so I hope we can do well tomorrow."
Emerson Fittipaldi: "I'm very happy with the last qualifying lap that Bruno did. It was the third fastest lap overall in qualifying and the second fastest in that session and that is a fantastic achievement. Bruno made a mistake on sector two in the third run, and if it wasn't for that we would be P3 or P4. It's a big improvement. The team has improved and we are getting back the feeling like it was with Nelson [Piquet Jr] at the start of last season. We have race pace for tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do. I also just have to say congratulations to my grandson Pietro Fittipaldi! He's ten years old, and won his two karting races today out of 50 drivers in the state championships held in Ocala, Florida."
-credit: team brasil