Shanghai: Team Germany Saturday report

A1 Team Germany starts from second row Willi Weber-managed A1 Team Germany starts the penultimate round of the 2006/2007 A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport season from the second row. Nico Hülkenberg qualified fourth in the powerful 520 hp A1 GP ...

A1 Team Germany starts from second row

Willi Weber-managed A1 Team Germany starts the penultimate round of the 2006/2007 A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport season from the second row. Nico Hülkenberg qualified fourth in the powerful 520 hp A1 GP race cars in Shanghai. After claiming four successive front row slots the team starts from the second row for the first time in the year 2007. The team has started from the first two rows at nine of the previous ten events this season.

Nico Hülkenberg recorded the third fastest time of 1m35.562s behind the USA and New Zealand teams in the first of four qualifying segments around the Grand Prix circuit in Shanghai. In the second run the Germany circulated the 5.451 kilometre long circuit in 1m35.802s, which represented the third fastest time behind New Zealand and Switzerland. After two outings he therefore moved up to second overall in the interim standings. In its third attempt A1 Team Germany recorded the sixth fastest time of 1m35.923s and slipped down to fourth overall in the provisional standings. In the fourth and final outing Nico Hülkenberg set the fifth fastest time of 1m35.491s. As a result he qualified fourth overall.

Nicolas Hülkenberg:
"As usual, I found the limit on my first run. Third place on new tyres is okay. We took used tyres for the second attempt and changed the set-up a little. On the third run I lost any chance of improvement when another car left the pit lane just as I started my qualifying lap and later when I had to follow two other cars. They disturbed my line of sight and I couldn't drive on the ideal line. My fourth run was also not perfect. However, anything is possible from the second row on Sunday. It's important that I survive the start and the car doesn't get damaged."

-credit: team germany

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg