Zhuhai: Team Germany Friday notes

Top three result for A1 Team Germany The fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Zhuhai in the People's Republic of China kicked off in style for A1 Team Germany. The outfit of Seat Holder Willi Weber headed both Rookie ...

Top three result for A1 Team Germany

The fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Zhuhai in the People's Republic of China kicked off in style for A1 Team Germany. The outfit of Seat Holder Willi Weber headed both Rookie practice sessions before finishing third in Friday's final free practice session of the day.

The team's driver Michael Ammermuller from Pocking near Passau in Germany adapted well to the 4.3 kilometre circuit in the South Chinese province of Guangdong. "We managed to find the right gear ratios right out of the box", said the 21-year old Bavarian driver as no team has ever driven a lap on the track which is new to the A1GP calendar.

Michael Ammermuller was the quickest driver during the first Rookie practice session with his time of 1m24.132s being 0.084s faster than that of Brazilian driver Sergio Jimenez, his closest challenger. In the second Rookie practice session, Michael's lap of 1m24.135s once again marked the best time in the field of 19 nations. "We were working on the aerodynamic set-up in the morning", explained the German driver.

After the last practice session for series newcomers, the free practice session in the afternoon was open to all drivers. A1 Team Germany reached third place on the timing sheets with a lap time of 1m23.848s. Only Ireland's Adam Carroll and Canada's Robert Wickens had been faster. "We have been working on the mechanical set-up of the A1GP car", said Michael Ammermuller. "In general, the car's balance feels okay. We were only struggling a bit with the temperatures of the brakes. The track got slower towards the end of the session after sand had been blown onto the tarmac. So our last attempt to improve our times came a bit late and we were not able to capitalize on our new tyres. Third-fastest time in the session feels okay."

Commenting on the qualifying sessions on Saturday which will determine both grids for the Sprint and the Feature races on Sunday, A1 Team Germany's nominated driver said: "The track is not too difficult. But at the same time, that means we can expect quite close times which might turn qualifying into a thriller. We will have to choose our strategy carefully. It will only be my second qualifying in A1GP."

Broadcast times on Premiere: Race Sunday, 16 December, 7:45 a.m., 11:20 a.m. (repeat), 5:00 p.m. (repeat).

-credit: germany/speedpool.com

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Series A1GP
Drivers Adam Carroll , Robert Wickens , Sergio Jimenez , Michael Ammermüller