Czechs just missed points Filip Salaquarda drove a competitive race and was in the fight with successful nations at Shanghai track. His effort was unfortunately not rewarded with points after he finished 13th in the sprint and 11th in...
Czechs just missed points
Filip Salaquarda drove a competitive race and was in the fight with successful nations at Shanghai track. His effort was unfortunately not rewarded with points after he finished 13th in the sprint and 11th in the feature race. Chinese Shanghai hosted the penultimate round of the A1GP 2007/2008 season that could have decided also about the title.
Like in the previous days all running was in the dry. Salaquarda started the sprint 16th and soon was 14th after he just avoided spinning cars of USA and New Zealand. He moved to 13th place thanks to overtaking Brazil but that was all what was possible in the sprint.
Salaquarda had a good opening lap in the feature race and got ahead of Germany. Michael Ammermuller put him under pressure but the young Praguer did not give him a chance to get the place back. He kept in touch with a group ahead where was a hard fight of many front running nations like France or Great Britain. The team decided for an early stop after the pitstop window was opened and although the stop was a solid one, Salaquarda remained behind Italy. He pushed hard but was not able to overtake and was loosing a precious time to the group ahead.
He finally jumped ahead during the second stop but the gap to the fighting group ahead was approximately five seconds. Salaquarda's lap times were comparable but there was nothing to do with the gap. He finished 11th just outside the points. It was after quite a long time when the A1GP saw a race without safety car and other dramas.
The account of the Czech team still shows 10 points which means 18th place in the championship standings.
Filip Salaquarda: "I gave my best and it is pity that we just missed points. The sprint was quite hectic and I nearly hit cars after USA and New Zealand clashed. Afterwards I managed to overtake Brazil but that was all. I had a good start in the feature race and overtook Germany. He was pushing me hard but I hold my position. Unfortunately, I returned behind Italy after the first stop. I was loosing a lot of time and Germany managed to get ahead after their stop. We decided to race with lower downforce but it was probably mistake because I was loosing too much in quick corners and was never close enough to overtake on the straights. We get ahead of Italy thanks to the second stop but the gap to the front was too big although the pace was same o maybe I was a fraction quicker. The balance of the car was good, the only problem was when we put new tyres at the stop. The car was sliding first three laps, we had no grip. Afterwards, it was okay. We were definitely closer pace wise here than in Mexico and I hope that we will further close the gap at Brands Hatch."
Antonin Charouz, Seat holder: "We were close to the points but unfortunately just missed them. The pace was promising and unlike some other races there were basically no retirements. Now there is the last race of the season ahead and then we will decide about future."