Shanghai: Team Pakistan Friday report

Productive day for A1 Team Pakistan in China A1 Team Pakistan began their race preparations for the A1GP Shanghai, China today, with Nur Ali behind the wheel at the impressive F1 facility. The Pakistan car completed a total of 33 laps around...

Productive day for A1 Team Pakistan in China

A1 Team Pakistan began their race preparations for the A1GP Shanghai, China today, with Nur Ali behind the wheel at the impressive F1 facility. The Pakistan car completed a total of 33 laps around the revised 2.9 mile circuit and the team made a good level of progress throughout the day.

The Shanghai event is the second Chinese round of the season, following the Beijing street race last October. Ali and the team have made significant progress since then, and have scored a point for Pakistan in the process. It has been a steep learning curve for Ali, who has less experience in international single seater racing than the majority of A1GP drivers.

The Karachi born driver commented, "It feels good to be back in China. Beijing was a tough event for everybody, not just myself and the team but the whole series. Now looking back from round 10 of the season, I've learnt a lot, the team have learnt a lot about the characteristics of the car and we have developed a good working relationship. As we keep moving forward, we keep improving. It's great that we are able to give China another taste of A1GP and give the locals the race they deserve. And what a venue to race at, the Shanghai International Circuit is one of the best racing facilities in the world, so it is a pleasure and an honour to drive here for my country."

A1 Team Pakistan made a good level of progress over the two practice sessions today, despite encountering a mechanical issue in the morning. Ali improved consistently throughout the day, to take nearly six seconds off his best time in first practice.

Speaking about his first day at the circuit, Ali said, "It's a great track with beautiful facilities. When we went out this morning for first practice, we had a few issues under braking. Whenever I applied the brakes, the steering would go off balance and there were severe vibrations up the steering column. I came in and the boys tried a few things to rectify the situation, but I lost some decent track time. My aim now is to analyse the circuit further and see where I can make up some time."

Team Manager Bobby Issazadhe added "This is a fantastic venue. We had a difficult start in the rookie session, there was a problem with the brake discs as they were not flat and were causing some imbalance on the car. It took us a while to identify the problem, at first we thought it was the tyre pressures, so we lost a bit of time there. We then put new disks on to resolve the problem, but unfortunately this coincided with putting new tyres on the car. Consequently Nur had to take it easy and bed in the brakes, meaning he was unable to get the most out of the new rubber."

As well as analysing data, Ali and his engineer will walk the track again this afternoon, to study the circuit further and discuss where the team can improve. A1 Team Pakistan will then take part in the final practice session before qualifying at 14.15 local time tomorrow.

-credit: team pakistan

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Series A1GP
Drivers Nur Ali