Pakistan keen to move forwards in Sydney A1 Team Pakistan returned to the track today, for the sixth round of the 2007/08 season. Under cloudy skies, Adam Khan took part in the first day of track action at the Eastern Creek Raceway for the A1GP...
Pakistan keen to move forwards in Sydney
A1 Team Pakistan returned to the track today, for the sixth round of the 2007/08 season. Under cloudy skies, Adam Khan took part in the first day of track action at the Eastern Creek Raceway for the A1GP Sydney, Australia. Following an incident-filled practice session, Pakistan was 21st on the timing sheets.
With no eligible rookie available, A1 Team Pakistan had to wait until the afternoon practice session to take the track at Eastern Creek. 22 year old Khan, who raced at the circuit in the first season of A1GP, spent the one hour practice session reacquainting himself with his A1GP racing machine.
Following some light rain in the morning, the track had dried out fully by the time the 22 A1GP teams took to the track for afternoon practice. However, slippery track conditions led to many cars sliding off the track with two red flags halting proceedings with only 15 minutes gone. Two further yellow flags prevented the team from completing its full test programme and prevented Khan from getting the most out of his new tyres.
Speaking about his return to Eastern Creek, Khan remarked, "Obviously I'm familiar with this circuit from my time here in season one, but you're never quite bedded in until you've done a full session. Again, it really hurt us not being able to take part in the rookie sessions, and I think you could see that from a couple of the other teams that missed the first hour of track time.
"I was also using the session to readjust back to the A1GP car having raced the GP2 car last week. The cars are very different and require a different driving style but I feel I have adjusted back to A1GP now. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the weekend actually; I think we will make a step forward tomorrow."
A1 Team Pakistan driver coach Danny Watts added, "Today was very much about adjusting back to A1GP rather than setting the fastest lap times. Having driven the GP2 car last week, Adam is dialling himself back into the A1GP car today.
"The A1GP car is a very high powered machine and is physically demanding and draining to drive and the series attracts the top drivers in the world because of this. Towards the end of the session Adam was making definite improvement and was feeling more comfortable in the car. I'm confident that he will improve further tomorrow."
A1 Team Pakistan team manager John Allen surmised, "Adam did a good job today, despite the difficult circumstances. Missing the rookie session definitely hurt us and put us behind many of the teams. The first half of the afternoon session was also very disjointed, with two red flags and two yellow flag periods. I think that disrupted Adam's flow and meant we didn't get the best out of the new tyres."
The team will be back on track for the final practice session tomorrow at 11.00 local time before qualifying at 14.15.