After a points scoring debut in the opening rounds of the new A1GP season at Zandvoort, A1 Team Monaco will look to add to its tally as the series heads to Chengdu for the second round of the season next weekend.
Clivio Piccione rebounded from a retirement in the sprint race in Holland to take sixth place in the feature race, despite losing time in the first round of pitstops due to a wheel gun issue.
However, the team has now worked on perfecting its stops during the recent test session at Silverstone and having also worked on set-up of its new Powered by Ferrari car, seat-holder and driver Piccione said he was confident for the weekend ahead.
“We had the chance to work with our new engineer at the test and understand the way in which we both work before China,” he said. “We tried a few updates on the set-up to try to go in the direction of what we believe Chengdu will be like. We did a lot of pitstop practice and we made a huge step forward from what we were able to do in Zandvoort.
“This will be my first visit to China and it is always nice to visit a new country and to discover a new culture. I am also looking forward to feeling the atmosphere among the Chinese fans."
Team principal Graham Taylor added that the extra time with the car afforded by the test would only aid the team ahead of its second weekend in the series and said he was looking forward to the challenges that Chengdu will provide.
“It was great for the team to be back on track testing at Silverstone last week,” he said. “Given the short amount of time that the team has been together, significant progress was made. Car tests were combined with pitstop practice and we also used the opportunity to continue to forge internal relationships.
“We are very much looking forward to our second race of year and the challenges that Chenghu International Circuit will bring.”