Sepang: Team France race report

Lapierre gets France back on the podium Sepang, Sunday, November 26, 2006 - Nicolas Lapierre finished the sprint race with in sixth place, scoring one point and continued his fight up the order in the feature race, finishing third. It was a...

Lapierre gets France back on the podium

Sepang, Sunday, November 26, 2006 - Nicolas Lapierre finished the sprint race with in sixth place, scoring one point and continued his fight up the order in the feature race, finishing third. It was a long and tough day for A1 Team France with extreme weather conditions. While the sprint race was dry, there was a torrential downpour before the start of the feature race which delayed the start by ten minutes. Things got underway eventually behind the safety car, but it remained very wet throughout.

Nicolas Lapierre comments," I am very happy today: fantastic to have scored a point in the morning sprint race and then maintain the momentum for a podium in the feature race. Since the start of the season we've been a bit unlucky, but it was not the teams fault. We've had various problems with the engine or the gearbox. We had a difficult day yesterday with a tenth place in qualifying but everything went better today even if we lost some time behind the safety car at the start of the feature race. To finish on the podium is a good result and shows the speed we have."

Jean-Paul Driot, team principal, A1 Team France added: "The team worked hard and consistently and we used our allocation of wet weather tyres very well. Im sure we could have finished even higher up the podium if we'd had a few more laps in the wet as Nicolas was driving very well. I'm very happy for him. This is a good result after the various mechanical problems we have suffered in the first couple of races of the season".

A1 Team France, being the first winner of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2005, is one of 22 teams contesting in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2006.

The fifth race will be in Sentul Indonesia on Sunday December 10, 2006

-credit: team france

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