Taupo: Team Switzerland race report

Sebastien Buemi qualifies a strong fifth place for the sprint race Sebastien Buemi experienced a trouble-free final practice session on Saturday morning where A1 Team Switzerland finished sixth fastest, with a time of 1.14.799. Young driver ...

Sebastien Buemi qualifies a strong fifth place for the sprint race

Sebastien Buemi experienced a trouble-free final practice session on Saturday morning where A1 Team Switzerland finished sixth fastest, with a time of 1.14.799. Young driver Sebastien Buemi qualified later in a stunning fifth place for Sunday's sprint race.

The weather conditions were not as hot this morning than yesterday. Sebastien explains: "We worked a lot last night to understand the track that I had seen yesterday for the first time. I lost a bit of time on my best lap-time during the third official practice session and I could have finished third had it not been the case. But I now feel prepared for the afternoon qualifying."

During qualifying, Buemi finished the first of the four qualifying periods in 1.15.461 and the second part in 1.14.875 placing him in sixth position. After a third segment in 1.14.739, and a fourth segment in1.14.890.Sebastien's total two best aggregate time of 2.29.614 was good enough for Buemi to be 5th on the grid.

Buemi commented, "I am proud to bring Team Switzerland their second best qualifying result after the pole in Malaysia. I took to the track for the first outing, and to finish fifth quickest with 1.15.431 ahead of Germany gave me confidence for the rest of the session. I wrapped up the second part in 1.14.875 and that put me in a comfortable sixth place. I pushed very hard from start to finish but there was not much I could do. I finished in fourth overall clocking the third outing in 1.14.739 which resulted in an aggregated time of 2.29.614. I'm pleased with the result of the qualifying. It looks like we have found the right balance on this challenging track. Nevertheless, I am convinced that the long feature race will be interesting and challenging for everyone and that something good can come out of it.

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland commented, " Sebastien's result is very interesting. He worked his way up with the team's engineers all week-end in a very professional way. His performance gives him a good advantage for a good start of the sprint race on a challenging track. We need a good start tomorrow so that Sebastien can find a good pace for the two races to finish in a good position."

Finishing as runners-up in 2005, A1 Team Switzerland is one of 22 teams contesting in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2006.

Finishing as runners-up in 2005, A1 Team Switzerland is one of 23 teams contesting in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2006. Following the first race at "A1 GP, the Netherlands GP", A1 Team Switzerland is lying 10th in the Championship with 3 points. Sebastien Buemi is again at the wheel of the A1 Team Switzerland in Brno on October 6 -8, 2006.

-credit: team switzerland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Sébastien Buemi , Max Welti