A1 GP SERIES - USA /California - Twelfth grid position A1 Team Netherlands

A1 GP SERIES - USA /California - Twelfth grid position A1 Team Netherlands

12.03.2006: A1 GP SERIES - USA /California - Twelfth grid position A1 Team Netherlands


Laguna Seca, 11 March 2006

A1 Team Netherlands has ended the qualifying for the A1 Grand Prix at Laguna Seca on a twelfth grid postion. In the four qualifying sessions Jos Verstappen set an aggregate time of 2’32.571 (1’15.939 & 1’16.632). The fastest times were set by Verstappen in the last two sessions of qualifying, during the first half A1 Team Netherlands was working hard to improve the car balance.

Weather conditions at Laguna Seca were good today. It was sunny and dry and the track also was completely dry during the afternoon.Early this morning there was snow along the track and on the paddock, a unique situation for this part of California. The team immediately used this for fun, there was a little snowman outside the team garage.Due to the snow and rain which fell last night the free practice session scheduled early this morning was canceled. At 11.15 hours the second free practice of the weekend was run in which A1 Team Netherlands ended in nineteenth.

After setting the third fastest time on Friday the twelfth grid position of today was somewhat dissapointing for A1 Team Netherlands driver Jos Verstappen.

Jos Verstappen; "Yesterday went very good, but this morning we went out on track and already after 10 minutes you could see that it would be difficult for us today. We have tried everything to improve the car, but we were not able to do this during the free practice. In qualifying we just came up short. The car balance was not good. For the third run we changed the car quite a bit and after that it went better, you could see that. In the third run I was held up a bit by the spin from China and in the fourth run I think it went quite well. But it all came too late, otherwise we could have been around sixth or seventh. We do know we have got a car that can go well tomorrow. We are going to see if we can improve the car more tonight. It’s not ideal starting from twelfth on the grid. Overtaking is difficult here, but it also was in Mexico. We will definitely try our best".

A1 Team Netherlands team principal Jan Lammers saw a reverse situation from Mexico today. There the team struggled to find the right balance at the start of the weekend.

Jan Lammers; "Here the car was very good when there was low grip, but as the circuit got cleaner and had more grip our set up was not accurate anymore. We had to adjust that. Luckily we were able to find that just in time. In the final run we only were four tenths off. We do know now in which direction we will have to go, so if our interpretation is right and the adjustments we made to our set up work out we should be able to be competitive again tomorrow".

Tomorrow at 13.30 local time (22.30 GMT) is the start of the Sprintrace, followed by the Feature race at 15.00 hours local time.

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