A1 Team Germany's hard work goes unrewarded Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany did not score any points at the eighth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Mexico City. In the chaotic starting phase of the sprint race, the team's driver, ...
A1 Team Germany's hard work goes unrewarded
Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany did not score any points at the eighth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Mexico City. In the chaotic starting phase of the sprint race, the team's driver, Michael Ammermuller from Pocking, was one of several victims of a collision. Despite another setback -- the team's race engineer was injured -- the race team from David Sears Motorsport repaired the serious damage in time for the main race, which, after the unscheduled exchange of a front wing, ended in 20th place.
A bungled start at the beginning of the sprint race led to chaos in the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez: a delay in the flying start at the front of the field caused a number of rear-end collisions among the immediate rivals of the front runners. The car of A1 Team Germany became a victim in the incidents when Adam Khan was unable to evade Michael Ammermuller, who was running in front of him. The damage caused by the impact was so serious that A1 Team Germany could not participate in the subsequent re-start of the race.
While trying to pull the car backwards into the pit lane as quickly as possible for the repair, Michael Ammermuller's race engineer Rob Creswell fell. One of the rear wheels rolled over him and dislocated one of his shoulders. After his shoulder had been put back in place under full anesthesia, the Brit was standing at the pit wall again during the race. Michael Ammermuller, who had started from third place, lost several positions at the beginning. After the first mandatory pit stops of all the teams, the German squad was running in fifth place. When the cars of the German and the Canadian team on lap 34 touched during an overtaking attempt, Ammermuller lost the front wing and was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop that threw him back to 20th place.
"I want to express my warmest thanks to the squad from David Sears Motorsport: they performed a superhuman feat today. After the accident, the sidepods, the rear wing, the rear suspension and even the gearbox housing had to be exchanged. The boys did an excellent job at all of this, even though Rob Creswell was unable to help. Of course I'm wishing him a speedy recovery. Afterwards, the team performed two excellent pit stops. It's all the more regrettable that all of this great work went unrewarded -- it's a real pity."
"We're being pursued by bad luck. After the main race at Durban we've been the victims in a starting phase collision for the second time in a row. The circumstances this time were particularly disturbing, as every driver should actually know how a flying start works. And the penalties for such wrong behaviour should be clear either. So, our sprint was over before it began. Up to the main race the team worked very, very hard during the repair break, and the pit stops performed by David Sears Motorsport were very good as well. This makes it especially sad that, due to the wing change, there was no reward for all this hard labour."