Engine problems hamper progress in Malaysia Adam Khan was back on track at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia today, as A1 Team Pakistan took part in the third event of this season's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. A regular on the A1GP calendar,...
Engine problems hamper progress in Malaysia
Adam Khan was back on track at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia today, as A1 Team Pakistan took part in the third event of this season's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. A regular on the A1GP calendar, this weekend marks A1GP's third visit to Sepang and is also the first race of the season where Khan has previous track experience.
Having completed more than six races, Khan was forced to sit out the first two rookies sessions today and had to wait until the afternoon to make his first appearance on track.
Suffering from a lack of straight line speed that also hampered Pakistan's progress in Brno, the team discovered a lack of engine power in the one hour practice session. One of the longest circuits on the A1GP calendar, Sepang features several long straights which accentuated the team's engine problem. With the engine in the A1 Team Pakistan car reaching the end of its mileage life, the team will change the engine before tomorrow's final practice session.
Speaking about his return to Sepang, Khan said, "It was good to be back on a track familiar to me today, Sepang is a fantastic facility and it's great to be racing on an F1 circuit. The conditions were very difficult inside the car, it was very hot and humid and I think the Feature race on Sunday will test a lot of drivers.
"We weren't as quick as we'd hoped today. We're working with a new engineer this weekend, so it's taking a little time to get used to working together, but so far it's going well and I feel we're going to make a lot of progress over the weekend. There are a few sections of the circuit where I definitely feel I can make up time; there is definitely more time left in both the car and myself."
Making his first appearance with the team, A1 Team Pakistan engineer Andy Miller added, "Adam did well today. He listened to all the guidance we gave him and was able to provide good feedback that enabled us to make some set up changes to the car. I think there is plenty of progress to be made over the weekend and certain changes that we will look at before final practice tomorrow.
"We seemed to be having a problem with the engine during the session, Adam was complaining of a lack of straight line speed which was confirmed later by the data. With the engine due to be replaced soon anyway, we will put a new engine in for final practice tomorrow, which should have a positive effect on the lap times."
A1 Team Pakistan will return to the track tomorrow for the final practice session at 11.00 local time. Qualifying for the Sprint and Feature races will commence at 2.15.