A1 Team France Loic Duval: second row for Durban Sunday sprint race Saturday, February 24, 2007 - Following a trouble-free final practice session on Saturday morning where A1 Team France finished second fastest with a time of 1.18.506 behind...
A1 Team France Loic Duval: second row for Durban Sunday sprint race
Saturday, February 24, 2007 - Following a trouble-free final practice session on Saturday morning where A1 Team France finished second fastest with a time of 1.18.506 behind A1GP Germany Nico Hülkenberg with a time of 1.18.050, Loic Duval put his car in third place on the grid and second line to start the sprint race. Duval looked in strong shape under the blue sky in the qualifying session.
Loic explains his day and the qualifying session: "The weather was gorgeous this morning as I took the car to the track. I felt comfortable in the car and on the track and well prepared for the afternoon qualifying session. "In the afternoon, my first lap was fourth fastest with 1.18.620 behind Germany Nico Hülkenberg, Switzerland Neel Jani and Indonesia Ananda Mikola. Then, I got a bit unlucky after the red flag caused by Singapore Christian Murchison's car and I could not set a second time as the third session had already started. I did the third outing after the red flag once the traffic was a bit better. I scored 1.17.919. Later in the fourth part of qualifying I did a clear lap and scored 1.17.666 that protected my third place for the start of the sprint race".
Loic Duval qualified third overall with an aggregate result of his two best times 2.35.585. The French driver set his personal best times in his third and fourth runs with times of 1.17.919 and 1.17.666. Duval was unfortunately unable to score a time during the second outing after an incident on the track. Data collected today will now be analysed carefully by the team in order to improve the car's balance for tomorrow's sprint and feature races.
Loic continues: "I am a bit disappointed because I was hoping to set my first pole position. But considering that a red flag prevented me to score a time in the second outing, I managed to get a good position for qualifying. It is important to start as much in the front as possible on this street track as passing cars is difficult. With a strong strategy I hope to secure good results for the team and the championship The race will be long and tough as always in a city races that are always difficult."
The team is now working to prepare a good race strategy and fine-tune the car's balance for tomorrow's races.
Jean-Paul Driot, Team Principal, A1 France added: "Loic Duval experienced his first qualifying session today on this Durban track in South Africa under difficult conditions with a number of red flags hampering successively his potential achievements."