News of 11th April 2008

Nicolas Prost: very fast in China!

Today, A1 Team France took part in the first practice sessions for the second-last round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport Championship on the Shanghai circuit in China. Nicolas Prost drove the car in the 2 rookie sessions, and then handed over to Franck Montagny for the final hour’s practice.

Nicolas ran in a new engine and then bedded in brake pads and discs. He set the second-quickest time behind Portugal. Franck got down to the task of understanding the car, and in a series of short runs he went through the various chassis set-ups to evaluate its reactions and balance. He finished seventh overall 0.599s off the quickest time but only 0.222s off second place.

Olivier Panis, sporting director: “The whole team did a great job today. Nicolas showed that he now understands the car perfectly and his contribution is very useful. The speed with which Franck got to grips with how the car works is mind-boggling, and he’s already among the front runners! We’re feeling optimistic for the rest of the weekend, although we know we’ve got a lot of work to do to achieve the performances we’re aiming at.”

Nicolas Prost, test driver: “A very positive day. After running in the engine in the first session I began evaluating the set-ups in the second. The car was quick right from the start and I felt very condifent. Finally, I set the second-quickest time on worn rubber 0.3s behind Portugal, which was on new tyres. It bodes well for the rest of the weekend.”

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