Sepang: Team Ireland Saturday report

Devaney 13th in Malaysian A1GP qualifying Sepang, Malaysia, 25 November; Michael Devaney will go into tomorrow's A1GP event in Malaysia having qualified 13th on the grid after a qualifying session marred by a collision with Germany's Nico ...

Devaney 13th in Malaysian A1GP qualifying

Sepang, Malaysia, 25 November; Michael Devaney will go into tomorrow's A1GP event in Malaysia having qualified 13th on the grid after a qualifying session marred by a collision with Germany's Nico Hulkenberg. The Irish driver was on his first flying lap of qualifying when his car was struck from behind by Hulkenberg's, pushing him into a spin.

The young Rathfarnham star recovered to set timed laps in the remaining three qualifying segments, moving into a mid-field slot. His best times were set in the second and third segments, his final run slower as track conditions appeared to deteriorate ahead of an expected thunderstorm.

Michael Devaney, Qualifying Position: 13th, Time: 3m46.220s

"Obviously the first run was ruined so that cost us. We improved the car during qualifying and I kept it the same for the last two runs, but the last lap was slower and I wasn't able to improve. We seem to be stuck outside the top ten and unable to make the big step we need to get up with the leaders."

Andy Miller, Technical Director

"We made some progress with the set-up this morning and again during qualifying but the incident with Germany lost us our first run and we had to play catch-up after that. We'll go through all the data and decide on the best set-up for tomorrow's race, the aim being to pick up our first points."

Mark Gallagher, Team Principal

"Clearly the pace is not there so in the end a mid-field qualifying slot was what we expected after practice. The incident with Germany was completely unnecessary as every driver should ensure he has a clear track for qualifying - running into the back of our car isn't the cleverest solution to traffic."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Michael Devaney , Nico Hulkenberg