First A1 Team Test Session Proves Reliability of A1 Car Silverstone, 4 August - As the first A1 Team Test Session came to a close, the excitement and anticipation for a competitive first season grew between A1 Teams and Seat Holders as the top...
First A1 Team Test Session Proves Reliability of A1 Car
Silverstone, 4 August - As the first A1 Team Test Session came to a close, the excitement and anticipation for a competitive first season grew between A1 Teams and Seat Holders as the top 14 drivers recorded fastest lap times separated by less than two seconds.
Over the course of the two days, three sessions were held involving 15 A1 Teams. It proved a largely trouble-free session with drivers and engineers all commenting on the reliability of the A1 Car.
A1 Grand Prix Founder, President and Chairman, Sheikh Maktoum said: 'I'm very satisfied with today's results. All the Seat Holders, drivers and engineers are happy with the way the car has performed over its first Test Session. The competitive spirit of the Teams has emerged, while the unity of the Series has been retained. We are looking forward to the next test at Paul Ricard, and it should get more and more exciting as new Teams join the Series.'
A1 Team France recorded the fastest lap of the two-day session this morning, slicing 0.705 seconds off yesterday's fastest lap time set by A1 Team Great Britain.
A1 Team France driver, Alex Premat commented: 'The A1 car is nice and easy to drive, it has a good gearbox, the engine is great and the car is very reliable. We've worked on the car set up and dampers and it has responded well to the changes. I'm very pleased to have the fastest lap time of the session and I'm looking forward to driving again at Paul Ricard.'
A1 Team Malaysia Seat Holder and driver, Alex Yoong summed up the two day session saying: 'The test went well with the car performing well throughout. A1 Grand Prix has done a brilliant job, and it looks like this will be a fantastic Series. Everyone is very enthusiastic and looking forward to the first race. It will be extremely competitive and the race will reward the Team that is most consistent.'
Collectively, the 15 teams covered 2394 miles today contributing to the 3569 miles covered over the total test session. Fastest lap time: A1 Team France 48.183 seconds. <pre> Fastest lap times and number of laps recorded in the afternoon session (4 August): France 48.251 59 laps Brazil 48.439 62 laps Malaysia 48.535 49 laps Netherlands 48.766 62 laps Portugal 48.835 54 laps Great Britain 48.953 45 laps Pakistan 49.046 30 laps New Zealand 49.088 44 laps South Africa 49.115 34 laps Mexico 49.226 57 laps Switzerland 49.422 6 laps USA 49.514 40 laps Australia 49.676 34 laps Lebanon 49.876 66 laps China 50.640 59 laps
Fastest lap times and number of laps recorded in morning session (4 August): France 48.183 41 laps Switzerland 48.408 38 laps Pakistan 48.573 36 laps Great Britain 48.585 38 laps Brazil 48.848 79 laps Malaysia 48.891 47 laps Portugal 49.007 50 laps Netherlands 49.192 67 laps Australia 49.203 45 laps South Africa 49.211 57 laps New Zealand 49.430 49 laps USA 49.530 33 laps Mexico 49.557 48 laps Lebanon 49.786 66 laps China 51.685 33 laps