Monterrey: Team Japan Saturday report

25th February 2006 Qualifying, Round 9, A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Monterrey, Mexico -- The weekend didn't start as well as A1 Team Japan would have liked. For Friday practice rain had fallen overnight and the day was predominantly drizzle giving...

25th February 2006 Qualifying, Round 9, A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Monterrey, Mexico -- The weekend didn't start as well as A1 Team Japan would have liked. For Friday practice rain had fallen overnight and the day was predominantly drizzle giving Hayanari little chance of finding a dry line on the track. One of the first cars out, he soon discovered how difficult the conditions were and slithered off the track on the third lap of the first session. The car hit a tyre wall and suffered heavy damage to the front left corner.

The repairs were completed for today's morning's practice which saw Hayanari put in some promising laps in conditions that were compromised for a different reason today -- oil on the circuit from a previous race. Hayanari was happier with the grip, although still aware that the Mexican circuit is always going to provide less grip that most. He put in faster times on new tyres and as the track was cleaned by traffic. His aggregate time put A1 Team Japan in 17th place on the grid.

Hayanari Shimoda "The track was much more slippery than I expected yesterday. I was going into turn six and couldn't stop. The traction was so bad. I locked up and went off. It was even slippery driving in a straight line! It was much better today but we need to find another second at least. I've talked it through with the engineers and we hope to be able to find some time with changes overnight."

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Series A1GP
Drivers Hayanari Shimoda