Taupo: Team Portugal Sunday notes

The 4th round of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport Powered took place today over at Taupo Circuit. Filipe Albuquerque was one of the stars, managing to clinch 3rd place in Feature Race, after a spectacular display from all top seeded nations. The ...

The 4th round of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport Powered took place today over at Taupo Circuit. Filipe Albuquerque was one of the stars, managing to clinch 3rd place in Feature Race, after a spectacular display from all top seeded nations.

The young driver would even secure the Feature Race fastest lap: "I had a good start, but got blocked by Adam Carroll and ended up being surprised by Neel Jani. From then on, all of us had similar paces, so the only way to change things would happen at pit-stops; unfortunately, ours were not as fast as I would have desired and would prevent us from recovering. I did my best to move up a place in the standings and even ended up securing the fastest lap, but it's extremely tricky and complicated to overtake in this circuit".

In the first race, Filipe would manage to end 6th, after a clutch problem during the pit-stop which ended throwing him to 7th, undermining the initial podium finish aspirations: "It did not go as I expected. We had the pace, but I was betrayed by a clutch problem during the mandatory pit-stop and got blocked behind Doornbos, who had the same problem. From then onwards, I tried to recover as many places as possible, but was unable to do better than 6th. I also missed the fastest lap by only 0.007 seconds".

A1 Team Portugal's CEO, Luis Vicente, was pleased with his driver performance, despite all the difficulties experienced throughout the day: "It was an extremely difficult Sprint Race. Alike other teams, we had some clutch problems during the mandatory pit-stop which prevented us from doing better than 6th overall. It was simply impossible to recover from a 10 second gap with only 9 laps remaining. In the Feature Race, Filipe had a really good start and managed to climb up to 2nd, but in the first turn would get blocked by Adam Carroll and Switzerland took advantage and overtake him again. From them on, it was simply a superb race, with all teams displaying a very competitive and similar pace throughout 50 laps. Out strategy was better, but we ended up loosing three extra seconds with a wheel in the second pit-stop and returned to the track in 3rd. Under regular conditions, we would have come out first, thus being able to repeat the Chengdu feat. We'll continue to work hard trying to improve our weaknesses, because the Championship competitive level is getting stronger and stronger".

-credit: portugal

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Series A1GP
Drivers Adam Carroll , Neel Jani , Filipe Albuquerque