BEST QUALIFYING SESSION OF THE SEASON SO FAR FOR A1 TEAM INDIA
A1 Team India driver Armaan Ebrahim completed the second day at the A1GP Sentul, Indonesia today, to qualify 16th for tomorrow's Sprint race. In hot and humid conditions typical of the region, the team struggled for pace in this morning's final practice, despite having made changes to the car since Friday's practice session.
Parthiva Sureshwaren, who gained valuable data for the team in yesterday's rookie session, supported his team-mate from the pit wall as the team undertook the four segment qualifying session. Completing one flying lap in each segment, Ebrahim made some big improvements to set two hot laps 2.5 seconds faster than the team's previous quickest time of the weekend. With his two quickest laps aggregated to determine the team's position for the Sprint race, A1 Team India will start from the 8th row of the grid.
Commenting on his performance, Ebrahim said, "I'm happy with how it went in qualifying, we've made up quite a bit of time since the beginning of the weekend. I'm a bit annoyed because I made a small mistake on my last run, so we could have been even quicker. We're just a second away now from the front runners which is a big improvement and hopefully we'll be even better in the race."
Yohann J Setna, Seat holder for A1 Team India added, "The team did a good job today. On Armaan's first flying lap he made a mistake going into the first corner, and lost about six tenths, so we knew he had a bit more speed in the car, we knew he could do a 1.17.900 at least. On his second run unfortunately he was behind Ireland when they went off, so he had to lift because of the yellow flag. Fortunately he still had new tyres left for sessions three and four. "The last two sessions were really good, quick and very consistent, which was want we wanted. I don't think the car could have done a better time this afternoon. From the beginning of the weekend to now, Armaan has improved about four seconds. So yes, we're happy with how it went today, we got what we thought we could out of the car, and will be looking to improve again tomorrow."
Ebrahim and A1 Team India will now look at strategy for tomorrow's 15 lap Sprint race which will begin at 04.00 GMT.
Finishing positions from the Sprint race will set grid slots for the longer 50 lap Feature race which is due to commence at 08.00 GMT.
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