Disappointment in Shanghai for Team Brasil

Disappointment in Shanghai for Team Brasil

15.04.2007: Disappointment in Shanghai for Team Brasil

A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 10 - Shanghai, China

It was an action-packed afternoon in Shanghai at the penultimate round of the 2006/07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, with thrilling on track action, no less than three safety car periods, and the crowning of Germany as the champions after Nico Hulkenberg finished third in this afternoon’s feature race. The race followed this morning’s 10-lap sprint race, which was won by Team Great Britain, its debut A1GP win. Unfortunately things were not as good in the Team Brasil garage, as the squad endured another trying day, with Vitor Meira finishing the sprint and features races in 14th and 19th respectively.

Vitor began this morning’s sprint race from 15th on the grid, but dropped to 18th after the rolling start. On lap three he passed Team Portugal for 17th and then moved past Mexico or 16th. After a collision between France and Canada, Vitor was up to 14th, a position he retained until the chequered flag, setting him up for a seventh row start in the feature race.

Team Brasil had a good start to the feature race, immediately up to 13th after passing a slow-moving China. However, on an eventful first corner, Vitor was forced to drive off track to avoid a spinning Team Mexico and fell down to 20th. After progressing up the order, he was closing in on Team Mexico on lap ten, but with the Team Australia car appearing behind and no space for the three cars, Mexico made contact with Team Brasil, forcing Vitor into the pits for a nosecone change. Once in the pits, the team also discovered suspension damage, and so Vitor came back out on track four laps down. He crossed the line in 19th position.

Vitor Meira: "When a weekend starts in bad shape, it can easily end in bad shape. It began on Friday when we missed practice, that’s not an excuse, but after that we were behind an hour all the time. It was so hard to make progress in the sprint race, it’s so short that it’s over before it has begun really. I was really disappointed as I wanted to move up the order for the feature race so it was frustrating not to be able to do that. In the feature race, Mexico had a little better start than me but then he was on the outside on turn 1 and Australia came out of nowhere and there just wasn’t space for three cars.

I think Australia pushed a little bit more than he should have, Mexico left me no space and I touched with both of them. My front suspension was bent so my race was really done. The guys did a really good job fixing the car and we went back out to get some valuable track time so that we could learn as much as possible. I’d really like to thank Emerson for the opportunity and the Team Brasil crew for their hard work over the weekend."

Emerson Fittipaldi: "We lost Friday which was a very important day for Vitor to get used to the car and learn the track, so as a result we were one day behind the whole weekend. I’m happy with Vitor as he did a very professional job all weekend and he’s a good driver. The team now needs to look forward to Brands Hatch."

Sprint Race
1. Great Britain 6pts
2. New Zealand 5pts
3. Germany 4pts
14. Brasil

Feature Race
1. New Zealand 10pts
2. Great Britain 9pts
3. Germany 8pts
19. Brasil

Fastest Lap: New Zealand 1pt


A1GP World Cup of Motorsport Standings

1. Germany 113pts * champions
2. New Zealand 90pts
3. Great Britain 76pts
17. Brasil 9pts

-Rebecca Banks, A1 Team Brasil - photo copyright A1GP
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