Disappointing qualifying for Pakistan in Malaysia Preparations for the third round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport continued today, as A1 Team Pakistan were out on track for qualifying at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. While the ...
Disappointing qualifying for Pakistan in Malaysia
Preparations for the third round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport continued today, as A1 Team Pakistan were out on track for qualifying at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. While the team benefited from a new engine on the second day of running at Sepang, A1 Team Pakistan driver Adam Khan suffered with a lack of pace which saw him qualify 22nd on the grid for both the Sprint and Feature races.
Having changed the engine yesterday afternoon, the team concentrated on engine installation laps in the final practice session of the weekend. In hot and humid conditions, A1 Team Pakistan driver Adam Khan completed 18 laps in the one hour session, taking the opportunity to bed in new brakes in preparation for the afternoon's qualifying session.
Under the A1GP qualifying system, each team completes one flying lap in four qualifying segments. The fastest lap from the first two segments sets the team's position for the Sprint race, while the fastest lap from the second two segments sets the grid slot for the Feature race. Pushing hard on his first flying lap, Adam spun, leaving just one opportunity to set a good time for the Sprint race. First out on track in the second segment, Khan played it safe to ensure he recorded a competitive lap time. Unfortunately while Kahn improved his time in every session, it was not enough to lift the team up the time sheets.
Speaking about his qualifying performance, Khan said, "I'm very disappointed with how qualifying went, I'm not used to being that far back. I'm a little confused as to where the time is lacking, while the engine change did help us, it wasn't enough to lift us up the time sheets. I missed the first run because I spun, which meant I wasn't able to get a good feel for the circuit, so I had to be a little too cautious on my second flying lap. That upset our whole qualifying programme, as I was also on new tyres at the time, and obviously was unable to take advantage of the new rubber.
"Racing is a completely different game to qualifying, so there is still a lot to play for, but unfortunately I have qualified at the back and it will be hard from there. I'll try and make the most of it tomorrow. The main thing is to never give up; we will work as hard as possible overnight to see where the problem lies and I will be trying my hardest tomorrow to get a good result for Pakistan."
A1 Team Pakistan Engineer Andrew Miller said, "We changed the engine yesterday as having looked at the data it was clearly lacking straight line speed. That improved our time by half a second, but we still a bit off the pace. We're going to take some time to go through the data, look at a couple of changes, reviewing the data with Adam and helping him to improve his pace.
"The Sprint race is very short so there will be little opportunity to make up places, but the Feature race is longer and with a good pit stop strategy, hopefully we will be able to make up a number of positions."
A1 Team Pakistan will be back on track for the 20 minute Sprint race at 11.00 local time tomorrow. The 70 minute Feature race, which includes two mandatory pit stops will take place at 15.00.