Mexico City: Team France Saturday report

France targets win after qualifying on third row A1 Team France qualified in the top five for the sprint race as Jean-Karl Vernay delivered a strong performance for his first ever qualifying in the series Following a trouble-free final...

France targets win after qualifying on third row

A1 Team France qualified in the top five for the sprint race as Jean-Karl Vernay delivered a strong performance for his first ever qualifying in the series Following a trouble-free final practice session on Saturday morning where

A1 Team France finished ninth fastest with a time of 01:28.327. A1GP France had good reason to be satisfied about this third practice session of the season as the gap to the fastest car of the session, A1 Great Britain's Jarvis was only +0.686s ahead. Later, Jean-Karl Vernay put his car in fifth place on the grid for the start of his first sprint race in A1 Grand Prix.

Jean-Karl Vernay explains his day and the qualifying session: "The track was dry and the weather slightly overcast as I took the car to the track. I felt comfortable in the car and on the track and well prepared for the afternoon qualifying session. I was afraid to loose time in the fast esses section. In the afternoon, my first lap was fifth fastest with 1.27.402 and I had the feeling that the track fitted my car. Then, I left amongst the last drivers with only six minutes to go for the second flying lap. I did not run wide, but finished in 13th place with 1.27.900. That left me seventh overall at that point of the qualifying session. Then I got a bit unlucky after the red flag caused by Pakistan car and I did the third outing after the red flag once the traffic was a bit better. I clocked a time of 1.27.489 and that brought me to sixth overall. Later in the fourth part of qualifying I did a clear lap and clocked a 1. 27.418 that protected my fifth place on the grid for the start of the sprint race. To know that I was amongst the 90 new drivers brought to the series during the two first seasons, and fifth in my first ever qualifying I felt pretty good with this result."

Jean-Karl Vernay qualified fifth overall with an aggregate result of his two best times Q1 and Q4.(2.54.820).

The team is now working to prepare a good race strategy and fine-tune the car's balance for tomorrow's races.

Eric Boullier, Managing Director A1 France added: "Jean-Karl Vernay experienced his first ever A1GP qualifying session today on the Mexican track and delivered a strong performance. Data collected today will now be analysed carefully by the team in order to improve the car's balance for tomorrow's sprint and feature races. The engineers and the team did a great job guiding him for his first race appearance.".

-credit: team france

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Series A1GP
Drivers Jean-Karl Vernay