Mexico City: Team Switzerland Saturday notes

Saturday, March 24, 2007 - In the final practice session at the Hermanos Rodrigues track in Mexico on Saturday morning, A1 Team Switzerland Marcel Fassler finished eighteenth fastest with a time of 01:29.120 and covered 23 laps. Later Marcel ...

Saturday, March 24, 2007 - In the final practice session at the Hermanos Rodrigues track in Mexico on Saturday morning, A1 Team Switzerland Marcel Fassler finished eighteenth fastest with a time of 01:29.120 and covered 23 laps.

Later Marcel Fassler put his car in 18th place on the grid to start the sprint race with Malaysia Alex Yoong in pole.

The weather conditions were dry but slightly overcast in the morning and later sunny and warm. Fassler explains: "We worked a lot last night to understand the track as I have never driven here and never experienced race conditions either. In the morning third practice session I tried to get a clear lap. But it is difficult here on the Mexico track and we still had to change a few things on the car before qualifying".

Fassler placed his car in 18th position for the start of the ninth race of the A1 GP season. The Swiss driver set his personal best times in the third and fourth runs (respectively 1:27.942 and 1:28.060 ) with an aggregate time of 2.56.002,2,864 s behind Alex Yoong, Malaysia in pole.

Data collected today will now be analysed carefully by the team in order to improve the car's balance for tomorrow's races.

Fassler commented, "I was proud to do my first qualifying with Team Switzerland. But this 18th place does not reflect the potential of the car and I am disappointed.

I pushed very hard from start to finish but there was not much I could do on the very dirty track and I always have a problem passing the bumpy second section with the fast "S". In the first part, I finished 15th with 1.28.322. Then, I left amongst the last driver with only six minutes to go for the second flying lap. I scored a 17th fastest with 1.28.237. I got a bit unlucky after the red flag caused by Pakistan car and we lost a bit of time and could only start with three minutes to go I could not set a better time than :27.942 for the third session. Finally, I lost a bit of time again in the second section of the fourth part and I also ran a bit wide in the grass at turn 13 and finished with 1:28.060. It looks like we have found the right balance on this challenging and glorious track but I just have to go quicker in the second section.Let's see tomorrow. The long feature race will be certainly be interesting and challenging for everyone on the bumpy track and that something good can come out of it."

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland commented, "Marcel's results do not reflect the potential of the car. But the team is working hard around him to prepare the car well for the long and difficult races on this tough track. We need a good start tomorrow and a good strategy in the races to finish in a good position."

-credit: team switzerland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alex Yoong , Marcel Fassler , Max Welti