Shanghai: Team Czech Republic Saturday notes

Decent qualifying for Czechs Filip Salaquarda qualified the Czech car in very competitive session to the 16th for the sprint and 14th for the feature race. The qualifying was very tight and them team is confident that relative pace will be...

Decent qualifying for Czechs

Filip Salaquarda qualified the Czech car in very competitive session to the 16th for the sprint and 14th for the feature race. The qualifying was very tight and them team is confident that relative pace will be better in the race. Shanghai track was dry for all Saturday's running that started, as usual, with last free practice. The Czech team tried small setup modifications and also verified durability of the tyres. Salaquarda did 26 laps and finished 12th only nine tenths behind the leader.

The qualifying once again showed that unlike some others the Czech team are not able to utilize the tyres on the very first lap. Salaquarda used new sets in both sprint segments and the best time 1:35.590 set in the first run. The team finished 16th although the gap to the second place is under one second. There was a proof that the field is incredibly tight, former F1 driver Franck Montagny was fastest in the last practice but finished 18th behind Salaquarda in the qualifying.

Salaquarda used scrubbed set in the first run of the feature qualifying and was much happier with the balance of the car. His time 1:35.611was seventh quickest in the segment. Unfortunately, the last run on new tyres brought back oversteering and was unable to improve. He will start the race from 14th on the grid but once again the field was very close and Filip was just three tenths from the top ten. Only two cars this time managed to get under 1:35, with Swiss car taking both poles in a dominant fashion.

Filip Salaquarda: "It was very tight and I am a bit disappointed that we did not finish higher. The balance of the car changed a lot when we put now tyres on and I struggled with oversteering. To be honest the best balance was in the third run when we used the scrubbed set from the second. It is pity that we have just one qualifying lap because the car was always better in the second lap not the first. There is also some time in me as I was not able to get all sectors together especially in the feature qualifying. I think that we have a consistent car for the races and while it will be tough to get points in the sprint, there is definitely possibility to climb up in the feature one."

Antonin Charouz, Seat holder: "We are in the middle of the second half of the field but the gaps are definitely smaller. Having said this, there is incredible competition in the A1GP with many drivers that raced or tested formula 1. We had not hidden that the last two races are preparation for next season and we will see how we will approach the future. As far as the presence is concerned, the aim is to score points tomorrow."

Credit: a1gp.cz

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Series A1GP
Drivers Franck Montagny , Antonin Charouz , Filip Salaquarda