DURAN AND PEREZ DRIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE MALAYSIAN CIRCUIT A1 Team Mexico faces heat and rain in Malaysia SEPANG, Malaysia (November 24, 2006) - The A1 Team Mexico drivers Salvador Duran and Sergio Perez drove today for the first...
DURAN AND PEREZ DRIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE MALAYSIAN CIRCUIT
A1 Team Mexico faces heat and rain in Malaysia
SEPANG, Malaysia (November 24, 2006) - The A1 Team Mexico drivers Salvador Duran and Sergio Perez drove today for the first time at the 5.542-Km. (3.44-mile) Sepang International Circuit, in Malaysia, during practices that were held in preparation for the Sunday's races. The sessions were held mainly under a very hot weather, although there was some rain during the session when Duran was behind the wheel.
Top-3 driver in the last practice -which was the fastest, had the advantage that they participated in both rookie and free practice sessions, they were: Germany with Nico Hülkenberg, China with Congfu Cheng and New Zealand with Jonny Reid. Meanwhile Mexico was 12th with Sergio Perez in the rookie practice with a time of 1'56.756, and in the same position during the last practice, Salvador Duran set a time of 1'54.899.
"I did not make many laps overall, because the ones that I've made were mainly to test the brakes. Therefore, I only was able to make just a few fast laps and I did not have the opportunity to learn well the circuit. In fact, I did not have the chance to test the car to the limit, so I can not provide information without running at the limit, but I have felt very comfortable with the car. It was a very positive session," Perez said.
On the other hand, Salvador Duran said: "I feel that we did well. In the practice I went out to know the track and I have learnt a lot as a driver. We are in the developmental part of the car and I am looking forward to go out to the practice tomorrow to see if the changes we made worked well, though I think that they are going to work well. It rained at the middle of my session and we did not switch to wet tires. I waited about five minutes in the pit box. At the beginning it rained very strong about one minute and afterwards there was some drizzle for about three minutes more. As the pavement shows a lot of porosity and because there was a lot of heat, the track dried very quickly. And my last lap was my best and in the third sector I was fourth fastest... We are improving our performance."
The action resumes this Saturday at 11:00 hrs. with a one-hour practice and later qualifying starts at 14:15 hrs. with four 15-minute segments that will determine the grid for Sunday's Sprint race. All are local times with 14 hours ahead of Mexico CST. Due to there is a high chance of rain, the strategy will play a very important role in qualifying.
The races will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel and SPEED Channel en Español on Saturday at midnight (Mexico CST). On Sunday the races will be broadcast at 13:30 hrs. (Mexico CST) on Televisa's Channel 4.
-credit: team mexico