A1 Team India aim for a change of fortune in Mexico Narain Karthikeyan was back on track today, qualifying for the Mexican round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The team struggled to find their form around the challenging and bumpy 2.7 mile...
A1 Team India aim for a change of fortune in Mexico
Narain Karthikeyan was back on track today, qualifying for the Mexican round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The team struggled to find their form around the challenging and bumpy 2.7 mile circuit, posting the 17th quickest time, the position the team will take for tomorrow's Sprint race. A1 Team India continued with their race preparations this morning, with driver Karthikeyan completing a total of 23 laps. Just ten minutes from the end of the hour long session, the Chennai born racer set the third fastest time, just one tenth from front running A1 Team Great Britain. Conditions remained warm and dry for the afternoon's four segment qualifying session, with the track temperature rising to 43C.
Karthikeyan completed his first flying lap on old tyres, before putting new rubber on the car for his second lap to set the team's quickest lap of the weekend so far. A final set of new tyres in segment four, saw Karthikeyan post his second fastest qualifying time.
Karthikeyan said after qualifying, "We couldn't make the car work at all, we were struggling on both new and old tyres. The car feels very bouncy and we're suffering from severe traction problems; the changes we made yesterday don't seem to be helping as much as we'd expected.
"We were immediately on the pace at my first race in New Zealand, and set the second fastest lap of the race, so we thought the car was good. Since then we seemed to have struggled and running a spare car in South Africa and different tub here, seem to have exaggerated those problems.
"We might make a few changes before tomorrow, but it's hard to make changes at this stage in the weekend, as we won't have chance to test them before the first race. It is possible to pass here, so I think we'll have the opportunity to make up some places during the Sprint race and get a better position for the Feature race."
A1 Team India Seatholder, Yohann Setna added, "Obviously this grid position is not what we hoped for. We didn't expect to struggle this much with the car. However, the team are working hard to try and resolve the problem before the first race, and will go through all the data in detail with Narain.
"The Sprint race will give us the opportunity to make up some places before the longer Feature race and Narain is a very experienced driver, which will help us over a race distance.
"This is our first season with this team/car package, while the majority of teams in the pit lane have nearly two year's experience of the A1GP car. I think that is hurting us slightly, but that's the situation we are in, and we need to make the best of it for these final three races."
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