A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, PARQUE FUNDIDORA, MONTERREY, MEXICO DRIVER NOMINATIONS FOR QUALIFYING

A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, PARQUE FUNDIDORA, MONTERREY, MEXICO DRIVER NOMINATIONS FOR QUALIFYING

25.02.2006: A1 GRAND PRIX OF NATIONS, PARQUE FUNDIDORA, MONTERREY, MEXICO DRIVER NOMINATIONS FOR QUALIFYING



The third official practice session for A1 Grand Prix’s Mexican race was a quieter affair today as clear conditions meant a dry track and no red flags throughout the hour long session.

There were a few unexpected faces in some of the cars as A1 Teams Australia, China and Mexico all changed their driver nominations before the start of the morning’s session. Christian Jones took the place of Marcus Marshall for Australia, Tengyi Jiang swapped with Ma Qinghua in the Chinese car and Salvador Duran drove for Mexico. All three drivers will stay in the car for this afternoon’s Qualifying.

Official Practice Session 3

1 South Africa Stephen Simpson 1.24.016 12
2 Ireland Ralph Firman 1.24.636 26
3 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1.24.892 25
4 Switzerland Neel Jani 1.24.905 17
5 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 1.24.952 25
6 Great Britain Robbie Kerr 1.25.111 17
7 Mexico Salvador Duran 1.25.153 27
8 USA Bryan Herta 1.25.248 22
9 Italy Enrico Toccacelo 1.25.336 21
10 France Alexandre Premat 1.25.442 15
11 Portugal Alvaro Parente 1.25.453 21
12 Lebanon Graham Rahal 1.25.684 25
13 Germany Timo Scheider 1.25.764 19
14 Canada Patrick Carpentier 1.25.874 20
15 Indonesia Ananda Mikola 1.25.986 15
16 Austria Patrick Friesacher 1.26.054 20
17 Malaysia Alex Yoong 1.26.064 18
18 New Zealand Matt Halliday 1.26.685 17
19 Japan Hayanari Shimoda 1.27.031 27
20 Czech Republic Tomas Enge 1.27.684 8
21 Australia Christian Jones 1.28.358 18
22 China Ma Qinghua 1.30.322 28



Nominated drivers for Qualifying - A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Parque Fundidora, Monterrey, Mexico.

Australia Christian Jones
Austria Patrick Friesacher
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
Canada Patrick Carpentier
China Ma Qinghua
Czech Republic Tomas Enge
France Alexandre Premat
Germany Timo Scheider
Great Britain Robbie Kerr
Indonesia Ananda Mikola
Ireland Ralph Firman
Italy Enrico Toccacelo
Japan Hayanari Shimoda
Lebanon Graham Rahal
Malaysia Alex Yoong
Mexico Salvador Duran
Netherlands Jos Verstappen
New Zealand Matt Halliday
Portugal Alvaro Parente
South Africa Stephen Simpson
Switzerland Neel Jani
USA Bryan Herta

Qualifying consists of four 15 minute sessions with a 10 minute break between each. Only one driver per A1 Team is allowed to take part in Qualifying but that driver must have completed at least three timed laps in an Official Practice session. Each driver is limited to three laps - effectively one "flying lap" - per session and must record at least two times, an aggregate of which will determine that A1 Team’s position on the grid for Sunday’s Sprint race (18 laps). The grid for the Feature race (36 laps) will be determined by the outcome of the Sprint race.

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