Second victory of the season and top championship spot for A1 Team Germany in Malaysia The Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany scored a convincing victory in adverse weather conditions: Nico Hulkenberg dominated the feature race, held on a...
Second victory of the season and top championship spot for A1 Team Germany in Malaysia
The Willi Weber managed A1 Team Germany scored a convincing victory in adverse weather conditions: Nico Hulkenberg dominated the feature race, held on a soaking track, at the fourth round of the season in Malaysia, winning by 42 seconds and celebrated his second win this season following victory in the opening race in the Netherlands. The German team re-established itself at the top of the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport rankings.
The weekend ran perfectly for A1 Team Germany: Nico Hulkenberg topped all free practice sessions, and in qualifying clinched a second row start. Starting from third position in the sprint race he took advantage of a duel between fellow front row starters Jonny Reid, New Zealand, and Neel Jani, Switzerland, to attack at the first corner. Following brief contact between both cars Hulkenberg fought off the New Zealand car and defended second position to the finish. A1 Team Germany scored five points as a result and retook the championship lead by three points from Mexico.
The feature-race was dominated by heavy monsoon rain and began by trailing the Safety Car for four laps. Immediately after the cars were released, A1 Team Germany took the lead in the fourth corner from the Swiss, New Zealand and Malaysian teams. On lap 18 Hulkenberg, who had increased his lead to 29.5 seconds, made his mandatory pit stop. The David Sears Motorsport squad did a perfect job in changing all four wheels. The teams from Switzerland, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore also stopped at the same time. As Hulkenberg rejoined the track in the 520 hp A1 Grand Prix Car only Robbie Kerr, Great Britain was ahead. The British car made its pit stop on lap 20. Hulkenberg extended his lead to 42.8 seconds by the finish. A1 Team Germany now holds a six point advantage over Great Britain in the championship standings.
"I'm ecstatic about the second victory. In the sprint race I touched Jonny Reid, which was a normal racing incident. After that I was second. More rain fell before the feature race than I have ever seen in my life. On my warm-up lap I had serious aquaplaning on the straights in second gear at only 50 kph, some of the opposition were already in the gravel traps. I easily passed Neel Jani once the race was started. Out team did a super pit stop, but the engine stalled as I was pulling away. I pushed really hard immediately afterwards so I didn't lose concentration. With a 40 second lead there wasn't a single car in sight. It's fantastic that everything went so well and that Germany leads the points standings again."
"Nico was simply the best this weekend! My heartfelt thanks go to him and the team for an excellent performance. Nico drove a well disciplined race in the rain as he did in Zandvoort. To win in such dominating fashion with such a heavy car under these conditions shows his class. Thanks to this performance we have converted our points deficit into a small advantage in the championship standings."
-credit: team germany