Sentul: Team Mexico Friday report

A1 TEAM MEXICO AMONG THE TOP TEAMS IN INDONESIA The hot and humid weather will play an important role in Saturday's qualifying SENTUL, Indonesia (8 December 2006) - Mexican A1 Team was ranked among the Top-10 for the fifth round of the...

A1 TEAM MEXICO AMONG THE TOP TEAMS IN INDONESIA
The hot and humid weather will play an important role in Saturday's qualifying

SENTUL, Indonesia (8 December 2006) - Mexican A1 Team was ranked among the Top-10 for the fifth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport after the first day of activities at the 4.12-Km. Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia.

Sergio Perez participated in the session for rookie drivers and developing nations only, split in two segments. In the overall times he was ranked fourth with a lap time of 1'18.946, just behind the drivers for Great Britain (1'18.447), France (1'18.546), and Czech Republic (1'18.869).

"I did well in practice, but I'm not satisfied, since I had a lot of traffic during my fastest lap and I've lost about three tenths. I think if I put all the sector [times] together, I could have been the fastest one," Perez said. "I had to test two brake pads only, which took me about two laps per session. It wasn't like other times when I had to test brake discs, brake pads, etc. and I did not have time left to drive further. So actually I benefited from this situation."

"I think I was faster than other more experienced drivers who know the track, which made me feel very glad and boosts my confidence to keep doing things. The car is well balanced and I hope 'Chava' [Salvador Duran] will be comfortable with the car. I think this weekend will be good for us," said the young Mexican driver, who was fined for reducing his speed under yellow flag for just one second, instead of the required two seconds. Other rookie drivers went through this situation too. However, this did not affect their times.

Later, the number one driver for the A1 Team Mexico Salvador Duran went out to the track, and he said: "It was in some way a complicated session, on one lap I locked my tyres a little bit and they wore out. However, when we went out, we were running on the 1'18s per lap. The balance of the car is good, but it can be improved, since the tyres lock when braking. Overall, I think there are good expectations for this weekend."

Duran did his best lap time at 1'18.383 which was good for sixth place, behind the drivers from France (1'17.992), Great Britain (1'18.040), Australia (1'18.149), South Africa (1'18.244) and Czech Republic (1'18.301).

Also Julio Jauregui, Executive Vice President of A1 Team Mexico commented on this first day of activities: "The temperature is very high here and there is a lot of humidity. That wears out the drivers. They get out of their cars very tired and I think this can work on our favour, because our drivers are used to this weather and are very fit. I think this weather will benefit us, mainly on the 70-minute race. We have a good setting and we have improved our times consistently. Throughout the day we kept our times close to England's, despite using wore out tyres, but this will help us for Saturday's qualifying session, when we have several sets of new tyres."

The action resumes this Saturday at 11:00 with a one-hour practice session and later, the qualifying session will begin at 14:15 with four segments of 15 minutes which will determine the starting grid for the Sprint race on Sunday. All times are local, 13 hours ahead of Mexico Central Time.

On the other hand, motorsports commentator Jorge Koechlin will broadcast the A1 races live this Sunday on SPEED Channel en Español at 1:00 a.m. (Mexico Central Time) and 2:00 a.m. (Colombia). The famous Peruvian commentator joins a great group of Latin American commentators for this race, including Tony Rivera, Luis Solis and Roberto Medina.

-credit: team mexico

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