MEXICO STARTS FROM THE SECOND ROW IN A1 AT ZANDVOORT The new team along with Salvador Duran surprises with their improvements. A1 Team Mexico will start from the second row in the Sprint race and in the Feature race will start from the fourth...
MEXICO STARTS FROM THE SECOND ROW IN A1 AT ZANDVOORT
The new team along with Salvador Duran surprises with their improvements.
A1 Team Mexico will start from the second row in the Sprint race and in the Feature race will start from the fourth row, after the new team that services the Mexican contingent and the driver Salvador Duran surprised everybody with their improvements, at the difficult 4.183-Km. (2.6-mile) circuit of Zandvoort, mainly under rainy conditions.
Julio Jauregui, Executive Vice-president of the A1 Team Mexico said: "They did a good job in their first event, in addition that this is the first time the team works on this car. Salvador (Duran) helped a lot with his experience, because he knows the performance of the car and that helped the team to improve the set up as soon as possible. I think we have a good future, because they are finding all the secrets the A1 car has. We are taking our time, we need to collect points during this round, but in the short term I think we will become the team to beat."
"If tomorrow rains, we can be contenders to clinch the victory with a good setting. The problem is that we did not tested yet under dry conditions, but we are going to overcome that situation. Everybody is surprised with our performance, because they did not expect that in the first event, with a new team we could be competitive," he added.
The event is run in almost two days due to the local noise restriction requirements. This Saturday, practices were held mainly under wet conditions and in the two sessions the Mexican team enjoyed several times the top spot. Finally, in the first session the French team beat Mexico (1' 46.671) in the last seconds to claim the first place with a time of 1'46.618. In the second practice, Switzerland was fastest (1'45.090) and Mexico was fourth (1'45.930).
The qualifying session -as it was the last season, had four segments, but this time instead of being all valid for the grid for the Sprint race, only two were valid for the Sprint race and the last ones were for the Feature race.
Team South Africa with Adrian Zaugg swept with all poles, setting the best time (1'45.095) for the Sprint race. The French team with Loic Duval dropped to second in the last minutes (1'45.431) and the third place went to Mexican Salvador Duran (1' 46.198).
In the last two qualifying segments South Africa was fastest with a time of 1'43.979, Germany with Christian Vietoris was second (1'44.670) and Great Britain with Oliver Jarvis was third (1'45.143 ). Mexico was eighth (1'45.797).
"During the first segments we did well and in the last ones we did not do as well as we wanted because the conditions were drier on the track, due to the fact that we could not do laps under dry conditions and the lack of experience of the team, which is new in this series. They don't know the car and in the adjustments we were a little bit behind," Jimmy Morales, Director of the Escuderia Telmex said, who is in the Netherlands to supervise his driver's performance. "Our goal is to collect as much points as possible and I am sure that the team is going to be one of the main contenders each race."
"In the last qualifying session the track was almost dry and because of that we could not do better, but the Feature race has two pit stops and the starting position is not as important as in the Sprint race. In the Feature race is more important to have a good strategy. Therefore, we are thinking on which strategy to use -depending on the weather conditions, because they are changing a lot. Also, we are going to make further adjustments because the car has a lot of understeer," Duran said.
On the other hand, Mexican rookie driver Juan Pablo Garcia said: "I'm glad to be with the team. They are working very hard and I am learning a lot from both the team and Salvador. I am looking forward to drive again the A1 car."