Fifth row feature race start for Brasil at Eastern Creek A1 Team Brasil's Sergio Jimenez will begin tomorrow's sprint and feature races at Eastern Creek from 11th and ninth places respectively after suffering grip problems in today's ...
Fifth row feature race start for Brasil at Eastern Creek
A1 Team Brasil's Sergio Jimenez will begin tomorrow's sprint and feature races at Eastern Creek from 11th and ninth places respectively after suffering grip problems in today's qualifying.
For this morning's final one-hour practice session, the team used on high mileage tyres and ran short qualifying runs before moving onto bedding in brakes for qualifying and the feature race. The team made some improvements throughout the session and finished up ninth fastest, with a best lap of 1:21.085.
In the first sprint race qualifying segment, the majority of drivers waited until the last minutes of the session to go out on track. He set a lap of 1:19.626 on new tyres, putting him in provisional 11th position. The team made some small changes to the car for the next session and Sergio was able to improve his lap by almost a second, setting a time of 1:18.811. However, in an extremely competitive session, he was not able to improve on his grid position and will therefore line up on the sixth row of the grid.
Heading into first qualifying for the feature race, the team released Sergio several seconds later than originally planned, which caused him to get caught up in traffic. However, later in the lap he was blocked by the Team Canada car, ruining his lap. Canada was later penalised for the incident and Sergio's fourth segment time of 1:19.235 placed him in ninth position, on the fifth row for the feature race.
Sergio Jimenez: "I don't understand why we always seem to struggle in qualifying. I had problems in the middle sector and problems with the grip under acceleration. The car and myself improved by the second segment, but I didn't have enough grip for the whole of qualifying. Our race pace is good so now we just have to focus on tomorrow's races. With old tyres we are fast and I am feeling pretty confident."
Gary Davies, Race Engineer: "In the first session we were really finding ourselves on new tyres. We made a small change to the car and went out in the second session on new tyres. We improved by still struggled in the middle sector. We went out on old tyres in the third segment, but we released Sergio too late which put him in traffic. It looked like a reasonable lap but then Canada blocked him so we lost that lap. In the last session we had new tyres and made a small change to the car. The sectors were not too bad but we were still losing time in the middle. Our race pace is always good so I am not concerned about tomorrow but we are a little disappointed with our qualifying positions."
-credit: team brasil