Mexico City: Team Pakistan race report

Frustrating end to A1GP Mexico for Pakistan A1 Team Pakistan today competed in the ninth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez circuit in Mexico. The weekend began well for the team, with Nur Ali making a...

Frustrating end to A1GP Mexico for Pakistan

A1 Team Pakistan today competed in the ninth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez circuit in Mexico. The weekend began well for the team, with Nur Ali making a good level of progress through the various practice sessions. Ali made up several places in the Sprint race to finish 15th , but later struggled for pace in the second race of the day, and crossed the line 21st .

Conditions for the A1GP Sprint race were cooler than yesterday's qualifying session, with the track temperature only reaching 31C. Ali lined up on the 22nd row of the grid for the 12 lap race and did well to avoid an incident at the first corner to make up five places. Pakistan maintained position to cross the line in 15th place, the grid slot Ali would take for the main race of the day.

After a colourful opening ceremony, the field of A1GP cars lined up for the standing start of the Feature race. Although dropping positions, Ali steered clear of any first lap incidents and drove consistently to finish 21st .

A1 Team Pakistan driver, Ali said, "This was a physically demanding event, and also a bit frustrating. We had a decent Sprint race, moving up to P15, which gave us a better starting position for the second race. The first corner here is quite narrow after a wide straight and had caused some incidents during the Sprint race. So ahead of the Feature race, the team told me to be cautious and aim for the finish instead of any first lap heroics.

"Towards the end of the Feature race I had the race leaders behind me, and obviously as a courteous driver I didn't want to affect their racing. Unfortunately, when you move off-line here the track is very dirty, and I collected quite a lot of debris on the tyres which affected the handling of the car."

A1 Team Pakistan team manager Bobby Issazadhe added, "This was a pretty uneventful race for us, we weren't really quick enough here today, and I don't think Nur managed to get the best out of the car. He set some good sector times towards the end of the race, but unfortunately our times weren't consistent which meant we lost a position to Lebanon in the Feature race. We will now focus on improving at the next race in China."

A1 Team Pakistan will make its second visit to China this season, for the A1GP Shanghai, China in three weeks time. The Shanghai International Circuit, which also forms part of the Formula One World Championship, hosted last year's season finale.

-credit: team pakistan

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Drivers Nur Ali