Fifth position in practice for A1 Team Germany Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany started with the set-up work during Friday's free practice session at the penultimate round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Shanghai. Germany's nominated ...
Fifth position in practice for A1 Team Germany
Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany started with the set-up work during Friday's free practice session at the penultimate round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Shanghai. Germany's nominated driver Michael Ammermuller completed 23 laps at the wheel of the powerful 550 hp A1GP race car and ended the session in fifth place.
The team constantly improved the car throughout the one-hour practice session. "First of all, we had to run an installation program to adapt the new engine to race condition," reported Michael Ammermuller. "Obviously, this has cost us some time. Also, it meant we have not been able to exploit the mandatory new set of tyres to the maximum extent. Still, we were reasonably fast at the end of the day." Also, the 22-year old race driver from Pocking knew the GP circuit in the Chinese port from a previous event.
The David Sears Motorsport team focussed on different aspects on the car's set-up when compared to other tracks. Apart from the usual mechanical aspects, aerodynamics have been on the team's programme as well. "Owing to the long straights, the set-up of the wings has a higher effect in Shanghai than elsewhere," added the German. Ammermuller set his personal fastest lap of 1:35.657 on his sixteenth lap. As a result the team were only 0.434 seconds behind Portugal, the quickest team in free practice.
"Thanks to the Rookies practice, the circuit was not that dirty. Still, the times set during our free practice were 1.3 seconds quicker than those set in the Rookie session," reported Ammermuller of the 4.6 kilometre long circuit layout used by the A1 GP cars in Shanghai.
-credit: team germany