Sepang: Team Czech Saturday notes

Erik Janis to start from 8th and 9th row Erik Janis and the Czech team managed to find more speed on Saturday in Malaysia but the improvement was not enough to guarantee top ten positions on the grids. Janis will start the sprint from 17th and...

Erik Janis to start from 8th and 9th row

Erik Janis and the Czech team managed to find more speed on Saturday in Malaysia but the improvement was not enough to guarantee top ten positions on the grids. Janis will start the sprint from 17th and feature race from 16th.

Last free practice on Saturday was a welcome opportunity to try things discovered on Friday. Janis found 1.5s comparing to yesterday and finished 9th after 14 laps just 1.1 behind the fastest time.

The Czech team hoped that they can sneak into top 10 in the qualifying but it was unfortunately not the case. Janis's better time for the sprint was set in the second from two runs and resulted in 17th position on the grid. Janis found even more time in the qualifying for the feature race when improved to 1:50.020 in the first run. The Czechs did not improve in the second and ended 16th. While the gap to the leader - Switzerland - seems to be quite big it should be noted that Neel Jani was nearly one second ahead of the second best and the rest of the pack was very tightly packed.

Erik Janis: "I am not satisfied with the result because I had wanted to be in the top ten. I managed to improve my times today but it was not enough. We are working hard and I am learning all the time but we are still lacking something. Obviously it is not easy to move forward in the very competitive field and it will be tough to get points in the sprint. However, I still think that we can score something in the feature race. It is not easy to cope with the heat and humidity and Friday was tough but today it was okay for me."

Antonin Charouz: "I do not know what to say. I think that we still have the same problem - adjust car and especially tyres for the qualifying. We should be stronger in the races."

-credit: czech/bpa.cz

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Series A1GP
Drivers Neel Jani , Erik Janis , Antonin Charouz