Shanghai: Team Pakistan Saturday report

A1 Team Pakistan on track for qualifying in China Nur Ali took part in qualifying for the penultimate round of the current A1GP season today, at the Shanghai circuit in China. A1 Team Pakistan completed 17 laps in final practice, before setting...

A1 Team Pakistan on track for qualifying in China

Nur Ali took part in qualifying for the penultimate round of the current A1GP season today, at the Shanghai circuit in China. A1 Team Pakistan completed 17 laps in final practice, before setting the team's quickest time of the weekend in qualifying. Nur Ali will line up on the 11th row of the grid for tomorrow's Sprint race.

In the magnificent surroundings of the Shanghai International Circuit, the Pakistan car was first out on track for the first of four qualifying segments. Ali set his fastest time of the weekend on his third lap, with a 1.39.171. The A1 Team Pakistan driver backed this up with a final lap in the 1.39s. In A1GP's unique qualifying system, Ali's two fastest laps were aggregated to decide his place on the Sprint race grid. The team will therefore start from the 11th row tomorrow.

Commenting on the team's qualifying performance, Ali said, "The first two laps were a bit disappointing. I was braking a bit too early in a couple of corners. After some feedback from the team between the qualifying laps, I adjusted my style slightly, started to brake later and saw some improvement on my third and fourth flying laps.

"Now I'll go through data with my engineer and see if we need to make any changes to the car and where I can make improvements in my driving. "Final practice this morning was a little frustrating, as the second gear broke, but the boys managed to fix it. Thankfully that happened in practice rather than this afternoon in qualifying or tomorrow in the race.

"I'm very excited about the race tomorrow, it's going to be a long race it's going to be fun and very competitive. We're down to the last two events now, so it's all out for a lot of teams and I'm hoping if I remain consistent, I may be able to benefit from any desperate moves ahead of me."

Team Manager Bobby Issazadhe added, "Today's qualifying session was a little frustrating, our first run was on new tyres, but Nur didn't manage a particularly consistent lap. Unfortunately the car was then randomly selected for scrutineering on its way back to the garage and the tyres went cold. This meant we had to send Nur out on another new set of tyres for his second flying lap, but he struggled to get the most out of the new rubber.

"After listening to the team's advice, Nur improved through some of the corners, and set his fastest times on his third and fourth laps, even through the car was on old tyres. We will be aiming to work with Nur and help him extract as much as possible from new tyres in the races tomorrow and in the future."

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali