A1 Team Pakistan prepare to race in Mexico A1 Team Pakistan was back in action today for the opening sessions of the A1GP Mexico City, Mexico. It was the team's first on-track appearance since Nur Ali took Pakistan's first point of the season...
A1 Team Pakistan prepare to race in Mexico
A1 Team Pakistan was back in action today for the opening sessions of the A1GP Mexico City, Mexico. It was the team's first on-track appearance since Nur Ali took Pakistan's first point of the season at the Durban round last month.
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit proved no less intimidating than expected for the team, with the severely bumpy surface making set-up difficult. Ali made progress during the first two practice sessions of the day, taking nearly four seconds off his best time in the first session.
In the afternoon as track temperature soared to 52C, A1 Team Pakistan made set up changes and saw their best time fall a further one and half seconds. Speaking about the circuit Ali commented, "It's a combination of Beijing and Durban but with more run off areas! It's very bumpy here, that's the main thing, even the start/finish straight is bad. The track surface through the esses is also very bumpy which makes it hard to get on the power as you exit the corner.
"During the afternoon session we had a few problems and didn't improve as much as we hoped, which was partly due to a loose rear wing plate. The back of the car also felt a little loose and we've been working to remedy that. The car was handling a bit better towards the end of the session, when we set our best time, so we are definitely heading in the right direction."
Speaking about the infamous Peraltada corner, Ali added, "I feel very comfortable there, it's a great corner to drive and I think I've made the most improvement on that section of the circuit."
A1 Team Pakistan team manager, Bobby commented, "The circuit is very low grip at the moment, because the track is still quite dirty, and of course it's very bumpy, much more bumpy than we thought when we walked the track. We had a few issues during the final session, the rear left floor stay came loose which affected the balance of the car. Unfortunately this happened when Nur was on new tyres, so he wasn't able to benefit from the fresh rubber. He improved his time later on in the session, so I think if we can help him a bit more with the car and make a couple of changes, there is scope to improve further."
The team will analyse data this afternoon ahead of a final practice session tomorrow morning. Ali will then complete a four segment qualifying session, which will set the grid for Sunday's Sprint race.
-credit: team pakistan