Brief practice for A1GP team Switzerland at the Algarve

Brief practice for A1GP team Switzerland at the Algarve

10.04.2009: Clutch failure left Neel Jani sidelined after nine laps In first practice for the races of the World Cup of Motorsport in Portugal, Neel Jani didn't even get to setting up the car of the Swiss A1GP team according to his

Clutch failure left Neel Jani sidelined after nine laps

In first practice for the races of the World Cup of Motorsport in Portugal, Neel Jani didn't even get to setting up the car of the Swiss A1GP team according to his preferences. A clutch failure left him sidelined after only nine laps. In the final classification, he ended up sixth.

In the first 15 minutes of practice, Jani left the track to his opponents. On one hand, as usual, Alexandre Imperatori had done his job in the rookie session without any problems and on the other hand, Jani himself had already acquired experience at the new, quite challenging race track near Portimão in the Algarve region while testing an Aston Martin LMP1 car in March, contrarily to most of the other drivers. Although the set-up of Swiss car was not yet like he wanted it, Jani topped the time sheets after 25 minutes. "Given the fact that the car had extreme oversteer and we had some trouble under braking, we can be satisfied for the time being", Jani reported.

The attempt to cure the problems of the car during the second outing was already aborted after one lap due to the clutch failure. "Solving the problem in time will not be difficult for the Ferrari people", said Jani. "However, we will have to start all over again with the set-up work on Saturday. I hope that we can get everything right before qualifying starts in the afternoon."

Making up for the lack of track time in practice will not be easy for the Swiss team. While Jani only racked up 9 laps, other drivers completed as many as 50. In particular Nicolas Prost, Earl Bamber and A1GP-novices Andre Lotterer and Vitantonio Liuzzi gained a lot of experience, all four of them having been out in the rookie session in the morning already. Swiss team principal Max Welti remains upbeat in spite of the technical problem. "We will get that solved in time", he is confident.

In spite of high and quite cold wind, the performance of the A1GP cars was impressive. Dutch driver Robert Doornbos completed a lap in 1:31.962 minutes (183/675 km/h). With that time, he was only slightly slower than McLaren-Mercedes and Ferrari in the Formula 1 test in December. Back then, Pedro de la Rosa set a best lap time of 1:30.080 while Luca Badoer reached 1:31.320.

Portimão/Algarve (Por). A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Practice:
1. Netherlands (Robert Doornbos) 1:31.962 (183.675 km/h). 2. New Zealand (Earl Bamber) 0.068 seconds down. 3. Monaco (Clivio Piccione) 0.280. 4. Italy (Vitantonio Liuzzi) 0.606. 5. Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque) 0.608. 6. Switzerland (Neel Jani) 0.673. 7. Germany (Andre Lotterer) 0.800. 8. France (Nicolas Prost) 0.932. 9. Lebanon (Daniel Morad) 1.057. 10. Australia (John Martin) 1.259. 11. South Africa (Adrian Zaugg) 1.417. 12. India (Narain Karthikeyan) 1.486. 13. USA (Marco Andretti) 1.538. 14. Ireland (Adam Carroll) 1.770. 15. Malaysia (Fairuz Fauzy) 1.783. 16. China (Ho Pin Tung) 2.125. 17. Indonesia (Zahir Ali) 3.102. 18. Mexico (Salvador Durán) 24.291. - Did not take part: Brazil (Felipe Guimarães) and Great Britain (Daniel Clarke).

1. New Zealand (Bamber) 1:34.147. 2. France (Prost) 0.529 seconds down. 3. Switzerland (Alexandre Imperatori) 1.093. 4. Germany (Lotterer) 1.325. 5. Netherlands (Dennis Retera) 2.583. 6. Ireland (Niall Quinn) 3.414. 7. USA (Robbie Pecatori) 3.808. 8. Malaysia (Aaron Lim) 5.004. 9. South Africa (Cristiano Morgado) 5.188. 10. Lebanon (Jimmy Auby) 5.852. 11. Indonesia (Ali) 5.860. 12. Portugal (Armando Parente) 5.917. 13. Brazil (Ana Beatriz Figueiredo) 6.187. 14. Italy (Liuzzi) 6.346. 15. India (Parthiva Sureshwaren) 7.212. 16. Monaco (Hubertus Bahlsen) 8.635. 17. Great Britain (Clarke) 13.352.

PROGRAMME. Saturday. 11.00 - 12.00 (12.00 - 13.00): practice. 14.15 - 15.10 (15.15 - 16.10): qualifying. - Sunday. 11.00 - 11.25 (12.00 - 12.25): sprint. 15.00 - 16.10 (16.00 - 17.10): feature race.

A1 WORLD CUP OF MOTORSPORT. Standings after 10 of 16 rounds
: 1. Switzerland 73. 2 Ireland 70. 3. Portugal 64. 4. Netherlands 56. 5. France 41. 6. New Zealand 36. 7. Malaysia 32. 8. Australia 30. 9. Monaco 23. 10. Great Britain 20. 11. USA 19. 12. South Africa 19. Brazil 16. 14. Italy 10. 15. India 8. 16. Lebanon 8. 17. Korea 4. 18. China 4. 19. Indonesia 2. 20. Germany 0. 21. Mexico 0.

Schweizer Sportfernsehen SSF (STAR TV channel): Sunday, 20.00 - 22:00 h CET. -- NT1: Sunday, 15.00 h (live). -- AB Moteurs: Saturday 15.00 h, and Sunday 15.00 h (live). -- RaiSportPiù: Sunday 14.45 h (live).

- Michael Schneider -  photos A1 Team Switzerland


10.04.2009 / MaP

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