Steep Malaysian learning curve Erik Janis used the first day of running in Malaysia to learn the track and managed to keep improving during the whole day. He was 7th in the rookie practice and 18th in the free practice. Malaysian round of the...
Steep Malaysian learning curve
Erik Janis used the first day of running in Malaysia to learn the track and managed to keep improving during the whole day. He was 7th in the rookie practice and 18th in the free practice.
Malaysian round of the A1GP season started with usual timing on Friday. Rookies were first on the track and they had two short sessions. Erik Janis mainly learned the modern track and did 8 laps in each session with 7th time in the combine standings.
Afternoon was time for the free practice where Janis found another almost two seconds and his best lap the last flying one. While 18th place definitely does not fulfil Janis's and team ambitions they believe that there is more to come during the rest of the weekend. It is also not easy to read the exact situation in the practices as teams may try different things and the Czech driver finished just two tenths shy of local hero Alex Yoong who has a vast experience.
Erik Janis: "I have mixed feelings. I am definitely more confident in the car but this track is not easy to learn as you can choose different lines. The rookie sessions were okay I was quite happy and I knew that there is some room for improvement but the session was red flagged seven minutes to go. I improved in the free practice but others improved as well. I did my best lap just before the end on old tyres but I think that majority did the same. I know that there are places where I can improve tomorrow. It is just free practice we will see tomorrow."
Antonin Charouz, Seatholder: "Erik is still learning and we know that it does not take one day, so we have to be patient. Of course, we want to move up in the order but we are still in early days."