Sepang: Team Japan qualifying notes

Sepang Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The four-segment style of qualifying in the A1 Grand Prix series played a major role in the outcome of the grid for tomorrow's race today. The first segment took place in dry, hot conditions, but the second...

Sepang Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The four-segment style of qualifying in the A1 Grand Prix series played a major role in the outcome of the grid for tomorrow's race today. The first segment took place in dry, hot conditions, but the second session started in the dry, and changed dramatically as a thunderstorm rolled in, while many of the cars were in the midst of a flying lap. A1 Team Japan driver, Hayanari Shimoda, was one of these drivers, struggling to keep his car on the track with dry tyres in heavy rain. His first two segment times were used for his overall time, 19th fastest of the qualifying session.

Hayanari Shimoda
19th (3.53.948 aggregate of 2 best laps)

"The weather really didn't help today - the grid for tomorrow is down to a bit of luck - and we weren't so lucky. It's a shame because in the first qualifying I made a mistake. In the second the car in front of me spun off - the Australian so I had to lift. Hopefully I have a top-ten car finish for tomorrow but anything can happen. If I could choose I'd go for a dry Sprint race and then a wet Feature race - but I don't mind too much."

Malcolm Swetnam (Team Manager, A1 Team Japan)
"Both runs were on new tyres. The first run was cautious - maybe too cautious. In the second run obviously we like most of the teams realised that it was going to rain. I think we were the third car out. Unfortunately the German and Lebanon cars got past us on the out lap because we'd been deliberately cautious and then when it rained we got tangled up with the two cars in front who were spinning and having moments so it's hard to know where we are really."

-team japan-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Hayanari Shimoda