A1 GP SERIES - A1 Team Netherlands looking for balance in Shanghai

31.03.2006: A1 GP SERIES - A1 Team Netherlands looking for balance in Shanghai

After the confirmation that Zandvoort is about to host a Grand Prix after 21 years, the A1 Team Netherlands home race, it was business as usual for the team this afternoon. A1 Team Netherlands did not have an easy start today. In the first free practice session the team set a 11th fastest time. Jos Verstappen drove a total of sixteen laps, a 1’53.560 being his fastest.

.In the second free practice A1 Team Netherlands regrettably only finished twelfth. With a lap of 1’52.858 Verstappen was able to improve his time guite significantly. That times were very close together on the longest circuit of this A1GP season was proven by the fact that in the second session the top 13 was within one second.

Though Verstappen likes the track as a driver there is according to him quite a bit of work left to move up front more.

Jos Verstappen; "We have to work very hard to find the balance, we could not find that today. We know in which direction we have to go to find the right balance. Especially in the slow corners I suffered quite a bit from understeer, the real speed wasn’t there today. The circuit is really nice. There are a few corners which are not my favourite ones, such as the first corner, but there are a few nice and fast follow throughs here and long straights. This circuit has got a bit of everything".

After the end of free practice there was an absolute scoop. A1 President and founder, Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, caught by the ‘orange fever’ borrowed a pair of A1 Team Netherlands clogs to pose with during the photosession under the A1 Grand Prix Zandvoort signage. A signal that the opening race of the new A1GP season is already very much alive.

Tomorrow there is a third and final free practice to be run, before the official qualifying starts.

- A1 Team Netherlands -

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31.03.2006 / MaP

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