Sentul: Team India Friday report

PROGRESS FOR A1 TEAM INDIA IN INDONESIA A1 Team India took to the track today, for the A1GP Sentul, Indonesia. It was the first race of the season that the team were able to take advantage of the Friday rookie session, with new driver Parthiv...

PROGRESS FOR A1 TEAM INDIA IN INDONESIA

A1 Team India took to the track today, for the A1GP Sentul, Indonesia. It was the first race of the season that the team were able to take advantage of the Friday rookie session, with new driver Parthiv Sureshwaren gaining valuable data for the team. In his first outing in A1GP, Sureshwaren made a good impression around the 4.12 km long circuit. Improving on his best first session time by 1.5 seconds, Sureshwaren went on to finish 16th in the second and final rookie session. Commenting on his first drive, Sureshwaren said, "It was really exciting to get out in the A1GP car. For the first 25 minutes I was just getting used to the car, as well as bedding in the new brakes and engine. I'm fairly pleased with how it went, the team seem happy and I think I could have got an even better time had I not been blocked by another car and had a quick lap spoilt by a red flag.

"I drove a World Series car last year and the A1GP car compares quite well. Although the World Series car has more grip through the corners, the A1GP car is good on the straights. I'm really looking forward to getting in the car again."

Building on the data gained by his new team mate, Armaan Ebrahim was able to work on set-up for qualifying tomorrow and completed 30 laps in the final practice session of the day. Commenting on his afternoon, Ebrahim said, "I'm pleased with how it went today. I set a quick lap time early on in the session and was able to better that later on, despite being on old tyres. I think with new tyres and with the changes we have made to the car, we should be able to do better tomorrow." Yohann J Setna, Seat holder for A1 Team India said, "Armaan did a good job this afternoon, he improved about 1.5 seconds over the duration of the session. The first sector was the weakest, but the team have made some changes which should help there tomorrow. Parthiv did a great job this morning and his information enabled us to start from a better baseline in practice this afternoon. We're hopeful that we will be able to improve further tomorrow."

A1 Team India will complete a final practice session tomorrow morning before the four qualifying segments which will start at 07.15 GMT.

-credit: team india

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