A1 Team Germany with top-ten finish in Brno Up and down weekend for the Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany: Christian Vietoris had to settle for a brace of top-ten finishes at the second round of the season in Brno, Czech Republic -- seventh in...
A1 Team Germany with top-ten finish in Brno
Up and down weekend for the Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany: Christian Vietoris had to settle for a brace of top-ten finishes at the second round of the season in Brno, Czech Republic -- seventh in the sprint and eighth place in the feature race. A slightly unbalanced car prevented a better result for last year's championship winning team.
Christian Vietoris retained seventh position at the start of the sprint race, but was unable to improve his position throughout the ten lap race. The set-up of his A1GP car prevented the 18-year old "star of tomorrow" from Gonnersdorf from mounting a successful attack on his immediate rival, Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre, around the rollercoaster circuit in the Czech Republic.
Vietoris started the main race from ninth position. He immediately lost ground to his rivals after spinning wheels at the start when the lights went green. However, before the first of the two mandatory pit stops he not only reclaimed these positions but also made up further positions and was even running as high as sixth. A slightly slower second pit-stop, caused by the rear-right wheel, cost two further places. At the chequered flag Vietoris held eighth place a little more than eight seconds behind A1 Team Brazil. The car set-up was not ideal in the main race, which caused the car to oversteer slightly.
Christian Vietoris: "In the sprint race my car had a tendency to oversteer on turn-in to the corners. Furthermore, we also noticed that our opponents used a longer sixth gear. We started the feature race with these two handicaps and I didn't make things any easier for myself when I spun the wheels at the start. Afterwards, it was easy to overtake and regain the positions. However, the problems at the second pit-stop cost me four places of which I was only able to regain two before the finish. We'll now look at the data in detail and try to understand why the set-up wasn't ideal here. Then we'll focus on the next race. I'm convinced that we'll soon have everything under control again soon."
Willi Weber: "Unfortunately both the team and driver haven't reached top form yet. The team needs to sort out all the unanswered technical details, so that the set-up of the car is better. Pit stops are all about practice and a small portion of luck. At the same time, Christian must try to find his feet in the series and win more respect on the circuit. He has already shown that he possesses the raw speed by setting fastest times in testing and practice sessions. It's also important that he stamps his authority during the wheel to wheel duels. Unfortunately we have lost a little ground to the leaders in the points table. However, we aim to change this situation as soon as possible. Team and driver are better than the results show -- I know this."