SENSATIONAL MEXICAN DUO DURAN-PEREZ IS IN THE TOP 10 IN THE A1GP Sergio Perez was impressive in the rookie practice in the Netherlands ZANDVOORT, the Netherlands (September 28th, 2006) - On the first day of activities for the second A1 Grand...
SENSATIONAL MEXICAN DUO DURAN-PEREZ IS IN THE TOP 10 IN THE A1GP
Sergio Perez was impressive in the rookie practice in the Netherlands
ZANDVOORT, the Netherlands (September 28th, 2006) - On the first day of activities for the second A1 Grand Prix season, A1 Team Mexico was ranked among the top-10 at the 4.18-Km. (2.6-mile) Circuit Park Zandvoort. Salvador Duran led the national team and Sergio Perez's performance was impressive in the rookie practice.
The first practice was only for rookie drivers and was split in two sessions, with a 15-minute break between them. On the first part of the practice, Sergio Perez was ninth fastest and on the second he was 11th best. On his performance, Perez said: "It was a good day, because I went out to the track to learn the car and all those things. I did well. At the start I went out with new tyres - which is mandatory in the series, but my fastest lap was done with used tyres. If we consider that new tyres help to be at least a second faster, I think that in the end I would have been in a better position. Even with that, I'm happy because everything went well for us today. It was definitely helpful that I knew the track beforehand, because the laps I drove they would have not been enough to know it and I think I gave good feedback about the car to the team and to 'Chava' (Salvador Duran)".
About his performance today, Salvador Duran said: "I did very well. (After a difficult season in the British F3), when getting into the A1 car I have gotten back my confidence, therefore I think it was good. With a new team, new engineer, new everything, our sixth place in practice confirms that our team is one of the leaders. Of course, I would have liked to be in a better position, but it is a good start and we think to improve our performance tomorrow. It was a short session, so there is not much to say. The important thing is tomorrow's strategy."
About Sergio Perez, he added: "He did it very well. He did an excellent job in the practice, considering his age and experience. He is there for that and he knows it. Now it is going to be hard for him, because he has to wait until the Czech Republic to practice again, where I am sure he will improve his performance. I'm very comfortable that he is my team-mate and I hope continue on this way for the rest of the season."
Julio Jauregui, Executive Vice President of A1 Team Mexico, also said: "The team is new; they know they can improve they performance and that also the drivers will improve. The team is very happy with Duran and Perez. Duran recorded his times just three laps into practice. He adapted very quickly to the car and to what the engineer developed for the car. So we have high hopes of getting a good result this weekend. The communication between Duran and the team has been good. He had no practice in the car after his participation in the British Formula 3 and he is very happy with the team and with the car setup."
Regarding new driver Sergio Perez, he said: "The members of other teams are impressed by Perez's performance, mainly due to his age (16 years old). Sergio had the order to take care of the car and he was conservative. Even with that, he ran well, considering that he had never driven a car with such power".
-credit: team mexico