A1 Team Germany gives Rookie Michael Klein a chance At the sixth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Eastern Creek in Australia Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany gave a chance to another rookie: Michael Klein has started for the team for...
A1 Team Germany gives Rookie Michael Klein a chance
At the sixth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Eastern Creek in Australia Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany gave a chance to another rookie: Michael Klein has started for the team for the first time. However, several minor setbacks prevented the team from making progress on Friday. While these problems can easily be solved by Saturday, they did keep the team from joining the front runners in the second Free Practice session.
Newcomer Michael Klein experienced a steep learning curve. The German, who completed his first kilometres for A1 Team Germany, improved significantly within the two rookie sessions. The 20-year-old from Aalen finished the first session in twelfth place with a lap time of 1m34.473s and a gap of 5.991 seconds to the front. "My main goal was to get used to the car," said Klein. "As the track was still wet in some places, I didn't take any risks." In the second part of the rookie session he improved in the 18-strong field to ninth place. With his time of 1m22.252s, he reduced his gap to the front runners to 1.722 seconds. "I'm very happy that Willi Weber gave me this opportunity," said Michael Klein.
Michael Ammermüller took over the cockpit in the second Free Practice session. The racer from Pocking in Bavaria finished 14th, setting a time of 1m20.562s. "However, this does not reflect our potential at all," said the winner of the sprint race in China, which had been staged as the fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. "Under the regulations we had to use our new tyres right at the beginning of the second Free Practice. As Michael Klein had driven the previous session and this circuit is completely new to me, I wasn't able to make optimum use of the tyres straight away. The nine quickest drivers have set their respective best times on the first four laps. Then we lost a bit of time when a few loose bolts at the newly installed rear suspensions had to be re-tightened."
When Michael Ammermüller returned to the track he only managed to get in two laps. "Unfortunately, we ran out of fuel," said the Bavarian. "We checked everything - the problem is very easy to solve. We simply made a mistake that we won't be making again. All of our small problems are easy to solve. I'm sure we'll be looking a lot better in Qualifying on Saturday."
Broadcast times on Premiere: Race Sunday, 3 February, 4:45 a.m.; 9:15 a.m. (repeat), 5:30 p.m. (repeat).