Brands Hatch: Team Brazil race report

Crushing end to Team Brasil's season at Brands Hatch A1 Team Brasil's 2006/07 season came to a unfortunate end today when Bruno Junqueira crashed out on lap nine of the feature race at Brands Hatch in England. Earlier on in the day he had...

Crushing end to Team Brasil's season at Brands Hatch

A1 Team Brasil's 2006/07 season came to a unfortunate end today when Bruno Junqueira crashed out on lap nine of the feature race at Brands Hatch in England. Earlier on in the day he had finished the sprint race in 12th, and was aiming for a strong points finish in this afternoon's race, but a brake issue from the start proved problematic, and in the end caused his demise from the race.

After switching to a new chassis before qualifying yesterday, Bruno had to get used to a new car with just four flying laps. He qualified in 16th position, lining up on the eighth row of the grid for this morning's 15-lap sprint race. He remained 16th after the rolling start, but was able to move up the rankings after accidents involving New Zealand, China, South Africa and Switzerland. He crossed the line in 12th, meaning a sixth row start for the feature race.

The 50-lap sprint race got off to a thrilling start with Teams GBR and Germany dicing for the top spot during the opening part of the lap. Unfortunately a safety car was deployed on lap one after a collision between South Africa and Australia. The safety car was out for a lengthy time while a tyre wall was rebuilt and when racing restarted it was just two laps later, on lap nine, when Team Brasil retired from 14th position after putting a wheel on the kerb after suffering from brake vibration, which sent Bruno backwards into the Armco barrier, ending his race.

Bruno Junqueira: "The car in the sprint race was really good, it's just difficult to make up ground in such a race and then I really don't know why we had this problem this afternoon. We put new brakes on the car and there was just so much vibration. I was unbalanced going into turn four because of the vibration, the car was really hard to drive. I went a little bit wide and the car went onto the kerb on the exit of the corner. Then I just spun and hit the barrier. It's such a shame we had the problem."

Emerson Fittipaldi: "Bruno had some problems in the race with the brakes, which is a shame, because he could have done a good race. This year has been a very difficult season for many different reasons, but now we have to look to next year and hope that we can come back like the first season."

-credit: team brasil

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Series A1GP
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Emerson Fittipaldi