NegrÃ£o and Guimaraes on track for A1 Team Brasil in Shanghai A1 Team Brasil's new race driver Xandi NegrÃ£o and rookie Felipe Guimaraes both drove for the first time today on the 4.6km Shanghai International Circuit in China to begin ...
Negrão and Guimaraes on track for A1 Team Brasil in Shanghai
A1 Team Brasil's new race driver Xandi Negrão and rookie Felipe Guimaraes both drove for the first time today on the 4.6km Shanghai International Circuit in China to begin preparations for this weekend's races, round nine of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
Guimaraes undertook driving duties for this morning's two 25-minute rookie-only practice sessions. The 17-year-old made his debut for Team Brasil last time out in Mexico City, and Shanghai is another new circuit and experience for the South American F3 race winner. As the team had installed a new engine to the A1GP car, Felipe spent the first half of the session completing necessary engine work. Following that he had the opportunity to get to grips with the track and made some changes to the set-up of the car, although he did suffer a problem with the dashboard which reduced his time on track.
Xandi took the reins for the afternoon one-hour session and began his work by learning the circuit. He began on a set-up based on changes made to the car from Felipe's earlier feedback and went onto the track on the compulsory new set of tyres. The team worked on set-up and car development throughout the hour and it was important for Xandi to get as much track time as possible, having only limited experience in the A1GP car. He achieved this by completing 25 laps of practice, finishing 13th fastest with a lap time of 1:36.482, just over a second off session leaders Team Portugal.
Tomorrow will see Xandi complete one final hour of free practice before heading into the afternoon qualifying to determine the team's grid positions for Sunday's sprint and feature races.
Xandi Negrão: "It's been quite a good day and I've learned a lot. The circuit is good but quite technical -- the first sector is tricky with a very long first corner and then the blind chicane so it took me a little bit of time to get that right. I was improving on each outing for the whole session and we had a good pace at the end. I had traffic on my last lap or I could have set a more competitive time. Tomorrow morning both the car and I need to improve a little bit and at the moment we have a little problem with oversteer. I'll be aiming for a top eight in qualifying."
Felipe Guimaraes: "Practice was not bad; the first corner of the track is a little difficult but as a whole the track is very good. I didn't run as much as I would have liked as I was doing installation laps for the new engine and then we had a problem with the dashboard which left me in the pits for longer than planned. But we did some useful set-up work and now I will help the team as much as I can for the rest of the weekend."
-credit: team brasil