Morad on Form in Friday Practice Shanghai, China (April 11, 2008) -- A1 Team Canada's latest rookie recruit, Markham's Daniel Morad, enjoyed a full day of track time at the Shanghai International Circuit in China today with Friday...
Morad on Form in Friday Practice
Shanghai, China (April 11, 2008) -- A1 Team Canada's latest rookie recruit, Markham's Daniel Morad, enjoyed a full day of track time at the Shanghai International Circuit in China today with Friday practice kicking off Round 9 of the 2007-08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The 17-year-old set the fourth fastest time in the morning's 'Rookie-Only' session at the 4.6km track before going tenth fastest from the full field of 22 nations in the afternoon's hour-long official practice session.
With the team's regular racer, Robert Wickens, jetting to China following a test in Europe, Morad reveled in the opportunity to run in Friday afternoon's session -- one where the top ten were covered by less than a second. Wickens assumes driving duties for Canada tomorrow having topped the timesheets in the final day of testing in the World Series by Renault in Spain on Thursday.
"Shanghai's without a doubt one of the smoothest circuits I've been to outside of the U.S.," Morad reflected after his first full day in an A1GP car. "It's really nice out there, the kerbs are really flat and you can use the whole of the track. The rookie session went well and we were fairly competitive.
"This afternoon allowed me to run on a new set of tires for the first time. It was a new experience for me as I didn't expect that they'd be that much better and by the time I'd picked that up I was already halfway around the lap. I then spent the rest of the session preparing the car for when Robert gets in tomorrow. We're definitely heading in the right direction. If I'd been on it a little earlier I think we could have had a better lap time in the afternoon but its all about learning I guess!"
"We've had a good solid day," said Team Manager Simon Cayzer. "We had a new engine to bed in this morning in the rookie session but we also had the opportunity to try a couple of things. This afternoon we limited our running a little bit so that we still had a good set of tires for when Robert gets in the car tomorrow. Daniel has done a good solid job providing us with good feedback on the car. We're very fortunate as the driving styles of both our drivers are very similar so we're confident that the changes that we've made, that Daniel has responded to, will carry over to tomorrow. Overall for Daniel to be tenth this afternoon is pretty good considering it was his first time out on new tires."
-credit: team canada