Mexico City: Team Pakistan Saturday report

A1 Team Pakistan continue to progress in Mexico A1 Team Pakistan continued to make progress today, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez circuit, on the outskirts of Mexico City. The team made further improvement in final practice, before setting...

A1 Team Pakistan continue to progress in Mexico

A1 Team Pakistan continued to make progress today, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez circuit, on the outskirts of Mexico City. The team made further improvement in final practice, before setting their fastest lap of the weekend in qualifying. After completing the four segment qualifying session this afternoon, the team will line up on the 11th row of the grid for tomorrow's Sprint race. The complex circuit is a new venue for the A1GP series. The 2.7 mile track features a series of slow and fast corners as well as a long start/finish straight, making set up difficult.

Ali continued to make progress in final free practice, moving to within three tenths of A1 Team Lebanon. The team completed a total of 29 laps during the one hour session, making some alterations to the car in preparation for qualifying. The sun shone for A1GP's Mexican qualifying session, with the track temperature reaching 43C. In a system unique to A1GP, teams complete four flying laps across four segments, with the two fastest times aggregated to set the team's overall grid position.

Ali was first on track in segment one, reacting well to the pressures of the one lap qualifying system, to set his fastest time of the weekend. Ali went a step better on his second flying lap, improving by a further tenth of a second. While preparing for his third flying run, Ali hit a bump which sent him off track, forcing him to abort the lap.

Commenting on his qualifying performance, Ali said, "Our first two segments went well, the guys were happy and I felt confident in the car. However, on my third segment, I hit a bump on my out lap, which spun me round and I went onto the grass. I was scared that it was going to hit the wall, but thankfully we just tapped the tyre barrier and the car wasn't damaged. For my fourth flying lap, I was on the same set of tyres, which were quite dirty, so we lost some advantage there. I'm frustrated that we effectively lost the last two laps, because I think we could have improved even further."

A1 Team Pakistan team manager, Bobby Issazadhe added, "We were doing quite well in the first two segments, we were setting times pretty close to Lebanon, and thought we could even beat them. We put a new set of tyres on for the third run, but unfortunately, Nur hit a bump and lost the car. We were very lucky that it didn't hit anything and there was no damage, but it meant we had to sit out the rest of the session. We were back on track for the fourth segment, but I think Nur had lost a bit of confidence by then, as he didn't drive as well as he had in on his first two runs.

"I'm confident that Nur will go faster before the end of the weekend, he's still learning and there's room for improvement. Hopefully we will be able to have a bit of a battle with Lebanon in the Sprint race."

-credit: team pakistan

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