Zandvoort: Team Germany Saturday report

A1 Team Germany clinches first and third row slots The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport kicked off the 2007/2008 racing season in Zandvoort with a new qualifying format. Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany clinched spots in row three and one for Sunday's...

A1 Team Germany clinches first and third row slots

The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport kicked off the 2007/2008 racing season in Zandvoort with a new qualifying format. Willi Weber's A1 Team Germany clinched spots in row three and one for Sunday's sprint and feature races. Nominated driver Christian Vietoris' performance continues on the heels of his successful performance last year, when he started from row one in Mexico, his only race of the 2006/2007 season.

A1 Team Germany fell victim to unlucky circumstances during the two-session sprint race qualifying round. Following a red flag caused by another driver's spin, Vietoris was forced to abort his lap in the 550-horsepower single-seater racecar, causing the tyres to lose their optimal temperature. The rookie from Gonnersdorf in Germany's Eifel region had to be satisfied with a time of 1m48.056s, the tenth best out of the 22-team field. During the second session, Vietoris completed the circuit in 1m47.056s, giving him the fourth best time and moving him to sixth place in the overall standings. That means the 18-year-old will start from the row three.

The programme then shifted to the two-session qualifying to determine grid spots for the feature race. A1 Team Germany initially ran a lap of 1m45.900s to capture the third best time. Christian Vietoris then improved his time to 1m44.670s during the second session. That was second best overall, giving Germany a slot in the first row. This was the German team's best qualifying result ever in Zandvoort, the site of last year's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport kick-off race. It was here that they earned a slot in row two and then proceeded to celebrate their first victory of the season.

Christian Vietoris: "The sprint qualification was extremely tough, because the interruption caused the tyres to cool off and lose a lot of grip. We also had to combat vibration in the brakes. That's why we swapped out all of the discs and brake pads after the second session, which was time-consuming. Hats off to the David Sears Motorsport team for the great job they did. Thanks to their efforts, I was able to start the next session. Everything then ran much smoother, which you can see from the results. I'm really happy about starting in row one for the feature race. That's a nice foundation for the weekend."

-credit: a1gp.germany

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Series A1GP
Drivers David Sears , Christian Vietoris