Sepang: Team Germany Saturday report

A1 Team Germany starts from second row After recording fastest lap in every free practice session the Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany claimed third spot in qualifying for the fourth round of the A1 Grand Prix Series in Malaysia. As ...

A1 Team Germany starts from second row

After recording fastest lap in every free practice session the Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany claimed third spot in qualifying for the fourth round of the A1 Grand Prix Series in Malaysia. As result, nominated driver Nicolas Hulkenberg starts the first of Sunday's two races from the second row. At the opening round in Zandvoort the newcomer was on the second row, at the second race in Brno he started from the front row.

In the first of four qualifying segments around the Sepang circuit Nico Hulkenberg set second fastest time 1m51.836s on new slicks. On new tyres again in the second part he recorded the third fastest time of 1m51.545s in the powerful 520 hp A1 Grand Prix race car. With another set of new tyres for the third outing the German team topped the timing screens in 1m52.017s. The final part of qualifying, which was interrupted by a red flag following an accident, brought second place for the team with a time of 1m52.538s. The sum of the two best times, from which the starting grid is determined, puts A1 Team Germany in third spot.

Nicolas Hulkenberg:
"We used new slicks in the first three qualifying runs. Under such weather conditions and the constant threat of monsoon rain I drove out early for my first attempt -- just like everybody else. There was loads of traffic on the track. I caught up with the Irish car and lost time. The next two runs were better for me, but the circuit conditions in the third and fourth outings didn't allow any of the top teams to improve the absolute lap time. I was hoping for a little more after the excellent showing in free practice, but a good result in both races should nevertheless be possible from the second row of the grid."

-credit: team germany

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