A1GP: Promising start in China Czech team started Chinese weekend at Shanghai track in a promising fashion after Filip Salaquarda set third fastest time in the free practice. Shanghai's state-of-the-art track was quite fond to the Czech team in...
A1GP: Promising start in China
Czech team started Chinese weekend at Shanghai track in a promising fashion after Filip Salaquarda set third fastest time in the free practice. Shanghai's state-of-the-art track was quite fond to the Czech team in the past with Tomas Enge winning the first race of the A1GP there in 2006 and Salaquarda scoring points last year. Hopefully the trend will continue as the Czech team began the preparation for the upcoming weekend with a promising form.
Salaquarda started the running in the rookie sessions where he did total 25 laps with the best time 1:38.106 that put the Czechs to the 10th position. The Praguer did not push hard as he re-learned the track again and the team did a basic setup work.
Afternoon's free practice was used for the tuning of the car and changes between rookie and free practice paid off. Salaquarda did 18 laps and the best time 1:35.609 set in the 11th lap. He was just four tenths behind the fastest time of the session.
Filip Salaquarda: "I think that we can be quite pleased with today's sessions. We just checked the car in the rookie sessions and got a basic idea how it feels here. We did some setup changes for the free practice and the car was really good. I was confident to push hard and my best lap was almost ideal even though it was lap 11, so the tyres were past their best. We were quick and consistent even at the end of the session, so it is quite promising. We will see what weather will bring for the rest of the weekend because clouds threat a lot. Anyway, we know that it was just practice but today was definitely a welcomed boost for the team. We want to fight for the top ten."
Antonin Charouz, Seat holder: "I am surprised and happy. Even though it was a practice it is good for Filip that he was able to keep quite a lot of big names like Jani, Ammermuller and others behind and it was not done by a trick of putting new tyres. It is good for his confidence regardless what happens in the rest of the weekend and he proved that he has the ability."
-credit: team czech