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A1 Team Germany relishes Australian visit After clinching a famous double-victory in New Zealand, the best result to date for A1 Team Germany, the team, headed by motorsport manager Willi Weber, contests the next round of the A1 Grand Prix ...

A1 Team Germany relishes Australian visit

After clinching a famous double-victory in New Zealand, the best result to date for A1 Team Germany, the team, headed by motorsport manager Willi Weber, contests the next round of the A1 Grand Prix Series to be held in the Pacific region only a fortnight later: The team with Nico Hulkenberg from Emmerich and 'Rookie Session' driver Christian Vietoris from Gonnersdorf arrives in Australia at the seventh of the eleven round series as championship leaders.

After the fourth race win of the season -- three feature-race wins and a single sprint-race victory -- A1 Team Germany now has a 19 point lead over the France national team. With a maximum of 17 points on offer each race-weekend, it is already clear that the team will leave Australia at the head of the leader board irrespective of how the race result. "This a very comfortable cushion, but the motivation doesn't suffer in the slightest", stresses Willi Weber. "Quite the contrary: Nico set a new benchmark in New Zealand for us after taking pole position and winning both races. Of course I hope that David Sears' race team continues this excellent run with Nico. Christian Vietoris also played an important role on his debut in New Zealand by claiming sixth in the 'Rookie Session' for newcomers."

Nico Hulkenberg knows that winning is a result of hard work. "There wasn't a single overtaking manoeuvre in New Zealand. It was all down to your grid position. If I hadn't been fastest in qualifying the race would probably have ended differently for me", says the 19-year old 'star of tomorrow'. "Obviously I also want to be right on the pace from the beginning in Australia, but we know just how tough it is since everybody has the same equipment. The harmony in the team is of enormous benefit, but our rivals will be hot on our heels."

A1 Team Germany once again battles for supremacy against the 20 other competing nations in the identical 520 hp A1 Grand Prix cars around the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia. The 3.93 kilometre circuit located close to Sydney hosted an A1 Grand Prix Series race last season.

Broadcast time on Premiere: Qualifying Sydney: Saturday, 3 February, 4:05 a.m. (live), 2:00 p.m. (repeat), 8:00 p.m. (repeat); race: Sunday, 4 February, 4:10 a.m. (live), 7:15 p.m. (repeat).

-credit: team germany

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Series A1GP
Drivers David Sears , Christian Vietoris , Nico Hulkenberg