A1 TEAM PAKISTAN HAS FIRST TASTE OF ZHUHAI CIRCUIT A1 Team Pakistan was back on track today for the fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Zhuhai in China is a new venue for the A1GP Series and today was the first opportunity for the...
A1 TEAM PAKISTAN HAS FIRST TASTE OF ZHUHAI CIRCUIT
A1 Team Pakistan was back on track today for the fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Zhuhai in China is a new venue for the A1GP Series and today was the first opportunity for the teams to start gathering data and experience of the track in preparation for Sunday's two races.
Adam Khan, representing his nation in this third season of the Series, had to wait until the afternoon before having his first taste of the track. The majority of the teams have a young rookie driver to run in a morning session; however the Pakistan team does not have this luxury, as there are currently no young, up-and-coming racers eligible for the role. Recognising the importance of this session, the team will soon be launching a new initiative to find a suitably qualified candidate for the role. In the meantime, Khan and the team must watch from the sidelines during the morning session.
In the afternoon Khan was finally able to experience for himself the Chinese track. While the other teams were able to move on from learning the circuit and undertaking the routine technical tasks required at the beginning of a race weekend, the Pakistan team was only just starting on their preparations. The lap times that Khan posted in the afternoon reflected this, with the team finishing 22nd fastest by the conclusion of the session.
Reflecting on his first taste of the Zhuhai International Circuit, Adam Khan said, "I'm disappointed with our progress today, undoubtedly missing the first session wasn't helpful, but I don't feel I'm able to get the most out of the car at the moment. The circuit features several slow corners, where braking is very important, so I'll be talking to my engineer and looking at the data to see if there's any time we can make up there. Hopefully we'll be able to make more progress tomorrow."
A1 Team Pakistan engineer Andrew Miller added, "Missing out on the extra track time during the rookie session really hurt us today. As the track is new for everyone, this weekend was a level playing field for most of the teams, while we were forced to set out the first hour of practice. Taking to the track for the first time this afternoon, we had to look after the car and concentrate on bedding in the brakes so I think we're probably a session behind the rest of the team's in terms of track knowledge."
A1 Team Pakistan will be back on track for the final practice session tomorrow at 11.00 local time, before the all important qualifying sessions in the afternoon.