Taupo: Team Switzerland Friday report

Sebastien Buemi settles in for A1 Team Switzerland Thursday, January 18, 2007 - Rookie driver Marcel Fassler was in action today clocking the fourth fastest time (1.17.203 and 1.16.412) after completing 30 laps during the two sessions. In the...

Sebastien Buemi settles in for A1 Team Switzerland

Thursday, January 18, 2007 - Rookie driver Marcel Fassler was in action today clocking the fourth fastest time (1.17.203 and 1.16.412) after completing 30 laps during the two sessions. In the two official practice sessions Buemi completed 37 laps overall and clocked a 16th fastest time in 1.16.370.

Marcel FASSLER: "In a way, I consider it is my first real time as a rookie. In Bejing, China, the conditions were very tricky and the session was cut short by officials and I didn't get a chance to enjoy it much as I only managed to get in two runs in between the red flags. I was expecting a lot from this weekend. I had two good sessions and also demonstrated good, consistent laps. In a way, this session was my real start. I am very pleased because I had not driven in a single-seater since September 2006. I would still need to adjust to braking conditions and I like the reaction of the car. But you need to handle it with care."

Sebastien Buemi: "We did a lot of work over these 37 laps and I used part of the session to learn the track. We should have started right away to try to get a strong time as we started on the new tyres at the beginning of the session. Later on, the track changed constantly and it became difficult to go quicker. We still have one session tomorrow morning before the qualifying session to improve and fine-tune the car."

Max Welti added: "A good working day for both drivers, Marcel Fassler and Sebastien Buemi, that shows the potential of the car. Marcel's results brought good data to the team, and Sebastien Buemi and his engineer Franck Funke are preparing well with the team on this very technical track where mistakes are not forgiving. We are confident for a good weekend ahead. The New Zealand officials have really done well accommodating us at this outstanding facility."

A1 Switzerland finished the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series season as runners-up. After 11 events and 22 races around the world, A1 Team Switzerland finished second place in the overall standings with 121 points behind champion A1 Team France, and with a 24 point advantage over third place A1 Team Great Britain.

-credit: team switzerland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Marcel Fassler , Sébastien Buemi , Max Welti