Shanghai: Team Netherlands Friday notes

In the Rookie sessions A1 Team Netherlands suffered a fuel pressure problem. This forced Arie Luyendyk jr. to end the session prematurely. In the end A1 Team Netherlands had to settle for an eleventh place in this first practice on a track...

In the Rookie sessions A1 Team Netherlands suffered a fuel pressure problem. This forced Arie Luyendyk jr. to end the session prematurely.

In the end A1 Team Netherlands had to settle for an eleventh place in this first practice on a track which was completely new to Arie jr. The A1 Team Netherlands Rookie also had a lot of problems with the balance and handling of the car. When turning in to a corner he needed a lot of time to correct the car, which made that he was able to accelerate later than the competition and this meant a bad lap time.

Portugal was the fastest in the two times 25 minute session.

Arie Luyendyk Jr; "The Shanghai circuit was a joy to drive today, the rookie sessions were a challenge as our cars balance suffered from a lot of oversteer. In Rookie Session 2 I was only able to complete 6 laps due to an fuel pressure problem, as we were not able to restart the car after coming into the pits to make our first adjustment. It was a bit frustrating to watch the majority of the session from pit lane but I was still able to bed a set of pads and get an overall feel for the car, this is obviously the most important task in the Rookie Sessions. We ended up P11, not the result we were looking for but considering the balance of the car and the limited track time I am happy with the result. Hopefully the team can improve the car for Jeroen in the first session."

Jan Lammers; "It was a frustrating session for Arie, he is doing fantastic and important work for us. Many times the mental pressure on the Rookie is high, because he has to do the 'dirty' work outside the media's spotlight. Sometimes this is experimenting with things that benefit Jeroen Bleekemolen, our lead driver, later on in the weekend. We would love to have him drive more, but changing the car from Aries to Jeroens specifications takes too long, moving the seat belts and the pedals takes at least one hour. Here the fact that Jeroen, like Arie, has never driven here before, so he also needs his track time here hard".

"Jeroen knows what it's like to start as a Rookie, because he has done this in the inaugural season. He even was more of a reserve driver because Rookies did not drive at all then on Friday. We hope that Arie jr. can generate some PR and publicity for himself, which might benefit him later on in his career. His current contract with Andretti Green Racing in the Firestone Indy Lights hopefully is the first sign of this."

"At the moment it is cloudy here, although that is always the case here. You only have to look if it is smog or rain clouds. It looks like it might be raining, but until then you do not know what you will need to win. The ambition of Jeroen and the team is no issue, we are always hungry for success. A lot of pitstops have already been practiced and we are constantly trying different things to be faster and better. On Sunday we will see the result of this."

-credit: team netherlands

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Series A1GP
Drivers Jan Lammers , Arie Luyendyk , Jeroen Bleekemolen