Difficult day for A1 Team Brasil in Shanghai A1 Team Brasil will begin tomorrow's sprint and feature races at the Shanghai International Circuit in China from the seventh and ninth rows of the grid respectively after Xandi NegrÃ£o qualified in...
Difficult day for A1 Team Brasil in Shanghai
A1 Team Brasil will begin tomorrow's sprint and feature races at the Shanghai International Circuit in China from the seventh and ninth rows of the grid respectively after Xandi Negrão qualified in 14th and 17th positions. It was a tough day for the team but Xandi learned a lot during his first shot at one-lap qualifying and will work towards a positive result tomorrow.
The team participated in this morning's final one-hour practice ahead of qualifying. Xandi completed 22 laps of practice on old tyres and set a fastest lap of 1:36.622, putting him in 15th position on the timesheets.
In the afternoon's qualifying, Xandi embarked on his first ever one-lap qualifying - this unique format is always a challenge for drivers new to A1GP. Xandi set a lap time of 1:36.256 in the first segment of qualifying for the sprint race, putting him provisionally in 19th position. In his second shot he improved his lap by nearly nine tenths of a second, setting a time of 1:35.492 and moving up to 14th, securing a seventh row grid slot.
In feature qualifying the 22-year-old set a first lap time of 1:36.160, provisionally in 18th position. He improved his time with a lap of 1:35.887 in the final segment, but in an incredibly competitive session, it could only push him up to 17th. Xandi will compete in his first ever A1GP races tomorrow and will be looking to make the most possible out of his grid positions.
Xandi Negrão: "The car wasn't too bad today but I struggled a little bit as I've never done one-lap qualifying before and I was up against drivers that have been in this series for a while. In feature qualifying though I made a little mistake and we should really have been about P10. I think we need to improve the car for tomorrow and I also need to improve my performance -- just a little bit all around. I think the session was really competitive and some of the top teams also struggled a bit, so we will just see what we can achieve tomorrow now."