Sunday's improvement of Czech team The Czech team leaves Mexico without points but Filip Salaquarda showed his best performance of the weekend in the Feature race. He finished 16th after a competitive running while he did not see the flag in the...
Sunday's improvement of Czech team
The Czech team leaves Mexico without points but Filip Salaquarda showed his best performance of the weekend in the Feature race. He finished 16th after a competitive running while he did not see the flag in the Sprint. Mexico provided a perfect background for the A1GP races. Incredibly full grandstands cheered their home hero and the weather was almost perfect.
Maybe the sun was shining a bit too much as the air temperature well exceeded the 30C mark and made it tough for the drivers. The start of the Sprint brought a big drama. Many cars touched and the race was stopped in order to clear the track and repair the cars. The second attempt went much better. Unfortunately the Czech team did not see the flag. Salaquarda spun in the chicane in the fifth lap and was not able to continue even tough the car was not damaged.
The feature race also needed two starts to go after the Brazilian lined up on the wrong place after the first warm-up lap. The lights wet off next time and Salaquarda was running in the chasing pack that was very close from the midfield. He was fighting with home Mexican car and others.
There was a strange safety car decision, or a too quick one, in the middle of the race after the New Zealand spun in the chicane because Johny Reid managed to continue after few seconds. The field got together and the race was restarted few laps before the second pitstop window was opened. Salaquarda enjoyed a fight with Reid. Unfortunately, the Czechs got a drive through penalty and dropped back.
Salaquarda finally finished 16th. The positive sign is that Filip's fastest lap was just a tenth slower comparing to the qualifying which shows a solid improvement given the fact that he carried more fuel in the race and obviously did not have new tyres.
Filip Salaquarda: "I felt more confident today behind the wheel and our lap times showed it. Unfortunately, we again had some problems under braking the balance of the car was changing. That was the reason why I spun in the sprint. I had a good start in the feature race and was able to follow the other cars. It was definitely the best part of the weekend. I enjoyed fight with others and the car was working well. We still do not know the reason for the drive through penalty. I slightly cut the chicane once but did not gain any advantage or maybe we were a bit quicker in the pitlane. I am sure that without it we would have been at least 14th. All in all, competitive wise it was our best day here and I hope to build on it in China."
Antonin Charouz, Seat holder: "There is not a lot to say. We had expected a bit more from this weekend. We basically want to see the end of the season quickly. We are looking forward to new cars and new rules for next season with a hope that it will give us a better opportunity."