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Mexico City: Series Saturday practice report

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Mexico City: Series Saturday practice report

Mexico -- A1 Team Italy set the pace in this morning's third and final official practice session, which was strewn with red flag incidents, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the heart of Mexico City, setting the scene for an incredibly close ...

Mexico -- A1 Team Italy set the pace in this morning's third and final official practice session, which was strewn with red flag incidents, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the heart of Mexico City, setting the scene for an incredibly close qualifying session this afternoon.

Italy's Edoardo Piscopo, who had the benefit of new tyres, shot to the top of the time sheets in the closing minutes of the incident-packed final practice this morning, demoting France's Jonathan Cochet to second. 31-year-old Cochet had held the top spot for much of the session, which overran by 40 minutes due to four red-flag periods involving Lebanon, Portugal and Mexico, plus debris on the track.

Second-placed France was closely followed by current title leader Switzerland's Neel Jani in third while Ireland's Adam Carroll continued his strong form by setting the fourth fastest time overall.

China's Congfu Cheng ended the session in an impressive fifth position, followed by New Zealand's Jonny Reid and USA's Jonathan Summerton in sixth and seventh places respectively. Great Britain's Oliver Jarvis, who was the man to beat around the 4.08km circuit on Friday, finished the session eighth. South Africa's Adrian Zaugg and India's Narain Karthikeyan rounded out the top ten.

It was another incredibly close session at the challenging Mexican circuit, with just over a second covering the top 18 teams. Seven teams had their lap times deleted for cutting the chicane leading into the final Peraltada corner.

All 22 nations competing in the World Cup of Motorsport are now preparing their cars for Sprint and Feature race qualifying, which begins at 14.15 this afternoon. Qualifying consists of four 15-minute sessions with a five-minute break between each one. The fastest lap time set by each team's nominated driver in the first two qualifying segments will determine the grid for the rolling start Sprint race, while the fastest times set in the final two segments will determine how the 22 cars will line up on the grid for the standing start Feature race. Each driver is limited to one 'flying lap' per 15-minute session.

<pre> Nominated drivers for Qualifying -- A1GP Mexico City, Mexico (round 8 of 10)

 A1 TEAM DRIVER Australia John Martin Brazil Bruno Junqueira Canada Robert Wickens China CongFu Cheng Czech Republic Filip Salaquarda France Jonathan Cochet Germany Michael Ammermuller Great Britain Oliver Jarvis India Narain Karthikeyan Indonesia Satrio Hermanto Ireland Adam Carroll Italy Edoardo Piscopo Lebanon Jimmy Auby Malaysia Alex Yoong Mexico David Garza Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen New Zealand Jonny Reid Pakistan Adam Khan Portugal Filipe Albuquerque South Africa Adrian Zaugg Switzerland Neel Jani USA Jonathan Summerton 

</pre> -credit: a1gp

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