Bumpy start for A1 Team Germany For the first time this season, Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany started to a race weekend of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport under somewhat more difficult conditions. In Mexico City, driver Michael Ammermuller only...
Bumpy start for A1 Team Germany
For the first time this season, Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany started to a race weekend of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport under somewhat more difficult conditions. In Mexico City, driver Michael Ammermuller only participated in the second Free Practice. Now a "seasoned" A1 racer, Ammermuller no longer meets the criteria of the previous rookie session, which is reserved strictly to newcomers to the series.
The team used the practice unit to optimise the set-up of the A1 GP racing car, which delivers up to 550 hp, for the 4.42-kilometre circuit. "When I went out on for the first time, the practice session was stopped due to an accident," reported Michael Ammermuller. "I then needed five to six laps to familiarise myself a little with the circuit that was new to me." As a result, the 22-year-driver racer from Pocking was in eleventh position at first.
When the race team from David Sears Motorsport improved the mechanical grip of the car as part of the set-up work, Ammermuller set a time of 1m21.974s and moved forwards to second position. However, another change to the set-up meant a step backwards. Originally, the team was shooting to improve its time again in the last 15 minutes of the session. "But then we noticed that the right front tyre was losing air and we didn't want to sacrifice another set of tyres we'd be short of in Saturday's qualifying," added the German racer. Consequently, their rivals, who ran once more, bumped A1 Team Germany to eighth place in the end.
"The circuit is fast and truly tests the driver," raved Ammermuller at the end of the session about the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. "But the track also has some pitfalls. It's very bumpy, so it's always difficult to find the right line and best braking points." After several drivers had their times cancelled after taking a shortcut through the chicane, Ammermuller noted, "You arrive in fifth gear, with the engine revving to the max, then you've got to shift back to first, and in the braking zone there's an extreme bump on which the car bounces. This chicane is really a humdinger."
On Saturday morning there will be time for more basic set-up work before in the afternoon's qualifying practice the positions for two separate starting grids will be determined for the two races on Sunday.
TV broadcast schedule on Premiere Races: Sunday, 16 March, 9:45 p.m.; Sunday, 17 March, 01:30 a.m. (rerun), 05:00 a.m. (rerun).