A1 Team Netherlands stay on top in Saturday practice

A1 Team Netherlands stay on top in Saturday practice

11.04.2009: A1 Team Netherlands continued to set the pace in the final free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Vodafone A1GP Algarve. Robert Doornbos set the fastest ever A1GP lap around the circuit with a 1m 30.115-second

A1 Team Netherlands continued to set the pace in the final free practice session ahead of this weekend’s Vodafone A1GP Algarve.

Robert Doornbos set the fastest ever A1GP lap around the circuit with a 1m 30.115-second tour, nearly three quarters of a second quicker better than anyone else.

Teams are allowed to trial one complete ‘PowerBoost lap’ in advance of being allowed to use it in one qualifying segment this afternoon. Doornbos used his to perfection, to send shockwaves through the rest of the paddock with his pace.

“We continued where we left off yesterday,” said Doornbos. “I was worried about the overnight rain but it turned out that on old tyres we were strong. The quick lap was me getting used to the new PowerBoost system which is not something I’ve done before, and the car was good.”

Ireland was second quickest, having recovered from being off the pace yesterday, who was just ahead of Switzerland’s Neel Jani.

The fourth team of the championship contending quartet, A1 Team Portugal, joined the leading runners in fourth, with home fans having high hopes going into this afternoon’s qualifying session.

Italy’s new driver Vitantonio Liuzzi was fifth, ahead of USA’s Marco Andretti.

A few drivers had incidents, with Brazil’s Felipe Guimaraes spinning early on in what was his first time on the track after the Brazilian car was repaired after yesterday’s rookie session shunt. Australia, Germany and Indonisia were among other teams to have minor incidents.


1  Netherlands Robert Doornbos   1'30.115  16
2  Ireland Adam Carroll   1'30.839   0.724 18
3  Switzerland Neel Jani   1'31.135   1.020 24
4  Portugal Filipe Albuquerque   1'31.515   1.400 23
5  Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi   1'31.662   1.547 18
6  USA Marco Andretti   1'31.732   1.617 23
7  France Nicolas Prost   1'31.867   1.752 27
8  Monaco Clivio Piccione   1'31.984   1.869 18
9  New Zealand Earl Bamber   1'32.017   1.902 14
10  Germany André Lotterer   1'32.133   2.018 20
11  Lebanon Daniel Morad   1'32.186   2.071 18
12  South Africa Adrian Zaugg   1'32.284   2.169 23
13  Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy   1'32.350   2.235 31
14  Mexico Salvador Durán   1'32.699   2.584 28
15  Australia John Martin   1'32.868   2.753 27
16  India Narain Karthikeyan   1'33.192   3.077 20
17  Brazil Felipe Guimarães   1'33.250   3.135 19
18  Great Britain Dan Clarke   1'33.328   3.213 16
19  China Ho-Pin Tung   1'33.501   3.386 28
20  Indonesia Zahir Ali   1'33.535   3.420 21


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