A1 Team Germany claims fifth front row start A1 Team Germany, managed by Willi Weber, achieved a surprisingly good start position for the ninth round of the eleven-race A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport in Mexico City: Christian Vietoris, contesting...
A1 Team Germany claims fifth front row start
A1 Team Germany, managed by Willi Weber, achieved a surprisingly good start position for the ninth round of the eleven-race A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport in Mexico City: Christian Vietoris, contesting an entire race weekend for the team for the first time, claimed second position on the grid in his debut qualifying session. As a result, the 17-year old young talent from Gonnersdorf in the Eifel region of Germany continued the exceptional series started by previous cockpit occupant Nico Hulkenberg, who started four times from the front row in the previous eight rounds -- the last three occasions from pole position.
At the "Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez", Christian Vietoris recorded the third fastest lap time of 1m27.221s in his first qualifying run behind Malaysia and Great Britain. He set a lap of 1m27.382s in his second outing giving him the second best time behind Malaysia and also second overall in the provisional rankings. In the third section, initially interrupted by a red flag, A1 Team Germany once again set second fastest lap with a time of 1m27.155s. However, Briton Oliver Jarvis squeezed Christian Vietoris down to third place in the overall standings. In the final qualifying segment the German newcomer struck back: with a lap of 1m26.828s he not only recorded his personal best qualifying time but also the fastest overall time in the fourth segment. As a result he claimed second position on the grid alongside the former Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong.
"After languishing down in eleventh place in free practice this morning, we set-up the car again like it had been on Friday. In the first qualifying run on new tyres I immediately posted third fastest time, and second in the second run on the same tyres. I made a small mistake on new tyres during the following attempt. In the final segment I pushed to the absolute limit on new tyres and snatched second place. It goes without saying that it is a fantastic result in my first qualifying run in an A1 GP race car. Furthermore, New Zealand who is our closest rival in the championship only qualified 14th."
-credit: team germany