Mexico City: Team Czech Saturday notes

Saturday's catch up Filip Salaquarda qualified the Czech car to 22nd position for the Sprint and 21st for the Feature race in Mexico.The Czech team had a lot of things to do in the Saturday's practice after they lost basically the whole session...

Saturday's catch up

Filip Salaquarda qualified the Czech car to 22nd position for the Sprint and 21st for the Feature race in Mexico.The Czech team had a lot of things to do in the Saturday's practice after they lost basically the whole session on Friday afternoon. The team tried to tune the car for both qualifying and race.

They had to use also a new set of tyres because one tyre was damaged in the yesterday's accident. Salaquarda did 17 laps with best time 1:23.611 and finished 21st.

Salaquarda started the qualifying on used set of tyres and the first run was just to warm up. New tyres were put on for the second run and he did 1:22.373 which means 22nd place on the grid of the sprint.

Another two runs determined the Feature race grid. Salaquarda did his best time of the day in the last one - 1:22.333 and the Czech team will start from 21st place. The field is very close in Mexico comparing to some other round, 22 cars are covered by just 2.1 seconds. Both Sunday's should therefore be very competitive.

Filip Salaquarda: "We have been basically catching up after Friday's accident. We have to use a new set of tyres in the morning today and we have one new set less in the qualifying as a result. When the field is so close, even those small things make difference. It is difficult to imagine a big improvement in the sprint race but the feature race is open. I want to keep my pace and stay out of trouble. All practices and qualifying showed that we will probably see more drama in the races. I am usually stronger in races than in qualifying, so I hope to confirm it also here."

-credit: czech

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Series A1GP
Drivers Filip Salaquarda