A1 Team Brazil - Shanghai Qualifying Report

14.04.2007: A1 Team Brazil - Shanghai Qualifying Report

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

A1 Team Brazil will line up on the eighth row of the grid for tomorrow’s A1GP Grand Prix of Nations sprint race at the Shanghai International Circuit in China. Vitor Meira qualified in 15th position for the team in his first A1 four-part qualifying session, and after only getting around half of the available practice time prior to qualifying due to technical issues with the car.

Vitor was looking forward to a productive final practice session this morning after sitting out the majority of yesterday due to a water leak on the Team Brasil car. He took the opportunity to get in some solid running, and completed 26 laps during the hour, with a fastest time of 1:37. 084, which put him 13th in the standings.

In his first time tackling the unique A1GP four-part qualifying session, Vitor quickly got to grips with the format. He posted top ten times in the first two segments to put him provisionally 10th. However, with the session becoming increasingly competitive, after the end of the session, he ended up 15th, albeit after setting a storming lap time of 1:35.982 in the final segment.

Tomorrow’s 10-lap sprint race gets underway at 11am, with the results setting the grid for the afternoon’s 40-lap feature race.

Vitor Meira: "This was my first qualifying of this kind and it surprised me to be honest. You hear the stories about how tough it is, and when you get out there it is way tougher than you think. I thought after my first lap things were going to be good, but it just gets tougher and the gaps start to build. I am on a steep learning curve and my last lap in qualifying was really good, so things are going in the right direction.

We obviously lost out yesterday because having only one practice means we had half the running of everyone else. So it hurt us, but it is what it is and there’s no point complaining. I think Team Brasil definitely has a car with a good pace, and we are pretty confident for the race, which is what counts right now. We want to survive the sprint, and then take advantage of the car we have for the feature race."

Emerson Fittipaldi: "We have been very impressed with Vitor. He is very professional and is working well with the team and engineers. He just needs more time in the car, it’s a shame we lost nearly the whole hour yesterday so he had a lot less practice than anyone else and he didn’t know the car or the circuit. In qualifying he did a very good job on his last lap, and would have been within the top ten with another lap like that. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does in the race tomorrow."

Qualifying

1. Great Britain

2. New Zealand

3. USA

15. Brazil

Free Practice 3

Laps: 26 Position: 13th Fastest Lap: 1:37.084 (+1.206)

 

The A1GP qualifying format comprises four 15-minute sessions, separated by five-minute breaks. Each driver is limited to one flying lap per session and has to record at least two times. The two fastest times for each driver are then combined to form an aggregate time, from which the grid is formed.

 

- Rebecca Banks, A1 Team Brazil -
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14.04.2007 / MaP

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