Arie Luyendyk Jr Blog: A1GP Shanghai, China After coming off a few successful weekends in the Indy Lights Series it was back to A1GP and Team Netherlands for Round 9 in Shanghai, China. The trip was very long but it was nice to get there early...
Arie Luyendyk Jr Blog: A1GP Shanghai, China
After coming off a few successful weekends in the Indy Lights Series it was back to A1GP and Team Netherlands for Round 9 in Shanghai, China. The trip was very long but it was nice to get there early and see the massive downtown and the Shanghai skyline. Shanghai is a mix of traditional China and very modern skyscrapers I've never seen so many tall buildings, it was quite spectacular.
The track in Shanghai is one of the most amazing facilities I have ever been to, the main straight grandstands are an architectural marvel and is very impressive to see for the first time. The layout of the track is interesting, not one of my favorite circuits I have driven but it still had a couple of really nice corners such as turn 1 and turn 13 which were pretty fast in 4th gear.
Rookie Session 1 was a challenge right off the bat. After bedding in the brakes I started on my first run the and the car was very difficult to drive because of an entry to mid corner oversteer. It felt like I was turning in the opposite direction more in the direction I was supposed to, quite a contrast from the typical understeer that we have normally. We ended the session P12 and learned we have a lot of work to do on the car.
Rookie Session 2 was immediately a small step up as I improved my time by .5 of a second in the first run despite the tire ware. When I pulled into the pits to make our first adjustment the car would not re-fire because of an fuel pressure issue, this ended our session after only completing 6 laps. I ended the session 11th dropping a few places as the session wore on while we were in the pit box. Despite being 11th I was still pleased because of the balance of the car and the amount of time we missed because of the fuel pressure problem.
Currently my Indy Lights team is testing in Indianapolis and I wish my team-mate the best of luck. Next up for me is the Kansas 100 in the Indy Lights Series on April 27th.
-credit: arie luyendyk jr.