A1 Team Germany again on second row of the grid
For the third time in the 2006/2007 season, Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany will be starting from the second row on the grid. In the qualifying practice for the fifth round on the circuit of Sentul, Indonesia the team's driver for this race, Nicolas Hulkenberg, set the third-best time, thus repeating the previous showing in Malaysia. In the season opener at Zandvoort the German team had started from the second row as well, and from the first in the subsequent round at Brno.
In the first of the qualifying's four segments Nico Hulkenberg set the best time at 1m16.668s. In the second outing, following a red-flag interruption of the session, he was the first driver to go out again and finished in tenth place after being clocked at 1m17.730s. In the third part of the qualifying the German needed 1m16.859s to complete his lap around the circuit, which equated to the second-best time. At this point, the aggregate of the two best times put him at the top of the field. In the final fourth trial he managed the fourth-best time at 1m16.817s. This meant that he was in third place of the aggregate of the best lap times, having to admit defeat to New Zealand and Great Britain. Following his eighth and ninth places in the free practice sessions, Hulkenberg's third-best time in the qualifying represented his best result of the weekend so far.
"Third place is okay, because that means I've got extremely good chances for the two races on Sunday. On new tyres the first trial went very well. In the second attempt we used the same tyres and therefore were a bit slower. For the third outing, which I again started on new tyres, we changed the set-up a little, but unfortunately that was a mistake. So we chose the original set-up for the fourth run and used a new set of tyres again. Unfortunately, I made a driving mistake, which is why I merely set the fourth-best time in this segment."
Broadcast times on Premiere: Race Sentul Sunday, 10 December, 8:10 a.m.
-credit: team germany