Third and fourth start rows for A1 Team Germany Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany will start tomorrow's races from the third and fourth rows after a turbulent qualifying session at the seventh round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in South ...
Third and fourth start rows for A1 Team Germany
Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany will start tomorrow's races from the third and fourth rows after a turbulent qualifying session at the seventh round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in South Africa. Michael Ammermuller from Pocking qualified in sixth position for the sprint and seventh for the main race on Sunday in Durban in his A1GP race car. Events on the tight, unforgiving 3.28 kilometre street circuit were dominated by several stoppages in quick succession due to accidents.
With temperatures of 34 degrees Celsius and 70 per cent humidity A1 Team Germany's first qualifying run went perfectly. With his lap of 1m18.650s Michael Ammermuller set the best time. However, only six cars had completed a lap at this point when the New Zealander Jonny Reid lost control of his car and caused the session to be stopped. The first qualifying segment was not re-started. With a lap time of 1m18.708s on the second run Michael Ammermuller missed his previous best by half-a-second. Unusually, the new set of tyres generated very little grip. As a result he claimed sixth place on the grid for the sprint.
As scheduled, A1 Team Germany used the same set of tyres for the first qualifying run for the main race and duly recorded twelfth best time with a lap time of 1m19.332s. As the team started its second run, an accident involving the Irish driver Adam Carroll caused the session to be stopped only a few minutes before the end. Despite being on scrubbed tyres in the final run Ammermuller improved his first time by 1.3 seconds and qualified seventh on the grid.
"Qualifying turned out to be disappointing after the extremely promising results we had in every practice session. Already during the first run there was an interruption, from which I still benefited. In the second run the tyres were unusually bad. Unfortunately, our tyre allocation and strategy were devised on having to use this set again in the third outing. Furthermore, I was blocked massively by the Canadian driver Robert Wickens. In the final attempt on new tyres I was on a good lap when the session was aborted due to an accident. While many drivers were still on their warm-up laps and still had new tyres left, I had to start my final attempt afterwards with used tyres. Seventh was about the best I could do under the circumstances. Now we have to try to make up what we lost in qualifying in the race."
Broadcast times on Premiere: Race Sunday, 24 February, 1:45 p.m. (live); 5:00 p.m. (repeat).