Sepang: Team Pakistan Friday report

A1 Team Pakistan flies the flag in Malaysia A1 Team Pakistan took to the Sepang International Circuit today, for the fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. In hot and humid conditions, Ali managed to take four seconds off his first ...

A1 Team Pakistan flies the flag in Malaysia

A1 Team Pakistan took to the Sepang International Circuit today, for the fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. In hot and humid conditions, Ali managed to take four seconds off his first timed lap to finish 17th in the final rookie session. The final practice session of the day saw changeable conditions as a damp track forced many drivers to crash off. An incident early in the final session ended A1 Team Pakistan's practice time.

At one of the most challenging driver's circuits in the world, temperatures soared during the course of the day, to further increase discomfort inside the cockpit of the A1GP car around the 3.44 mile long circuit.

Commenting on his first day at Sepang, Ali said "We were making good progress in the morning, and improving continually. Before the third session, we changed the brakes and I was just working on bedding them in during my out lap. On my first quick lap we felt we could push them a bit more, but when I braked at my normal point, the car just didn't stop. The car just kept on going straight and as it hit the kerb it went airborne and came down in the gravel.

"It's frustrating because I think we could have found quite a bit more time in the car and not having that full hour in the final practice hurt us in terms of working on set up. But I'm hopeful that we will be able to repair any damage and improve again tomorrow. "The track is great", said Ali, speaking about conditions at the F1 circuit.

"While the weather is hot, conditions are better than in Beijing. The track is very smooth and there is a lot of grip out there. It's just a case of getting use to driving such as long track compared to the short street circuit in Beijing."

A1 Team Pakistan Chairman Arif Husain commented, "Nur has used today's track time to set up the car and familiarise himself with the circuit. Unlike many of the drivers in A1GP, Nur has never driven at Sepang so this is all new to him. I think we will be able to continue our progress tomorrow and set a competitive time in qualifying."

A1 Team Pakistan will be back on track tomorrow for the final practice session at 03.00 GMT before qualifying begins at 06.15 GMT.

-credit: team pakistan

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