Taupo: Team Germany Friday report

Christian Vietoris makes debut for A1 Team Germany 19 January 2007, Taupo "Star of tomorrow" driver Christian Vietoris celebrated his debut in the A1 Grand Prix series in the black-red-yellow A1 Team Germany car on the other side of the world:...

Christian Vietoris makes debut for A1 Team Germany

19 January 2007, Taupo "Star of tomorrow" driver Christian Vietoris celebrated his debut in the A1 Grand Prix series in the black-red-yellow A1 Team Germany car on the other side of the world: The 17-year old young talent from Gonnersdorf in Germany's Eifel-region drove his first stint in the powerful 520 hp formula race during the "rookie session" at the sixth round of the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport in New Zealand.

"I'm well impressed", explains last year's delighted Formula BMW Germany Champion after his first laps around the Taupo circuit. "The change between 140 and 520 hp is enormous. The A1 Grand Prix car is also physically very demanding because the muscles are put to work a great deal more. The steering in particular requires much more effort than a smaller formula race car. The shifting gear with the steering wheel mounted paddles is fantastic."

Christian Vietoris did a valuable job for the David Sears Motorsport team during the "rookie session". Part of the task was to determine the gear ratios best suited to the A1 Grand Prix car, which is identical for all teams in the series, around 3.5 kilometre circuit on New Zealand's North Island. In the process, the newcomer posted the sixth fastest lap in the field of 19 nations with his time of 1:16.712 minutes.

"Christian did an excellent job", confirmed Nico Hulkenberg, who has competed in every race of the 2006/2007 season to date for Willi Weber's team and is therefore forbidden from participating e in the "rookie session". Hulkenberg, who lives in Emmerich, Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany), got back behind the wheel for second practice. "After completing a Formula 3 test it took a little time to find my feet again in the A1 Grand Prix car", explained 19-year old future talent. "It was recommended that I left-foot brake in the Formula 3 car. I also wanted to use this technique in the A1 GP Series, but it didn't work quite as I'd expected, so I went back to braking with my right foot. The 'old' feeling soon returned in the A1 GP-racer."

Hulkenberg set the fifth fastest time of 1:15.407 minutes in practice, only 0.159 seconds behind. The starting grid for the first of the two races on Sunday is determined in the well-known four-part qualifying on Saturday.

-credit: team germany

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Series A1GP
Drivers David Sears , Christian Vietoris , Nico Hulkenberg