Shanghai: Team France race report

Jean-Karl Vernay scores his first three points for A1 Team France Sunday, April 15, 2007 - It was a Sunday of mixed emotions for A1 Team France's Jean-Karl Vernay at the Shanghai circuit. In the first race he fought a fierce battle with Canada...

Jean-Karl Vernay scores his first three points for A1 Team France

Sunday, April 15, 2007 - It was a Sunday of mixed emotions for A1 Team France's Jean-Karl Vernay at the Shanghai circuit. In the first race he fought a fierce battle with Canada until he was hit and both cars went out of the race at the end of the seventh lap.

Speaking about the accident, Jean-Karl Vernay said, "Sean McIntosh hit me ¬ it was completely his fault. As of the first corner he was extremely aggressive. I was trying to pass, but he was being very risky in suddenly closing the door all the time. Then we were running down the pit straight at high speed and I was going faster and already pulling up alongside when he moved across hitting my left-front wheel causing a puncture and breaking my front wing. Thankfully my mechanics were able to put the car back together with some very hard work. In the feature race I was determined to move up the field and was already up to twelfth on lap ten. Then I completed my pit stop. Indonesia blocked me a bit and I lost time. But then I was able to get back in the rhythm. The end of the race was tough, Sebastien Buemi and I were fighting quite hard. It was good to salvage some points in the end for all my effort, but the position wasn't ideal for the team's championship ambitions."

Eric Boullier, General Manager - A1 Team France commented, "We were very competitive and are disappointed not to have scored a lot more points. We've got a lot of work to do in the final race of the season. Our qualifying position let us down and if we'd have had better grid position, we could have made more of our strong race pace. Three points is a good result having started from 22nd on the grid, but in Brands Hatch were determined to finish the season on a much stronger note."

-credit: team france

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Series A1GP
Drivers Sean McIntosh , Sébastien Buemi , Jean-Karl Vernay