A1GP »

America takes Sepang podium.

Marco Andretti rebounded from his involvement in the start line shunt in the sprint race to secure a podium finish for Team USA in the third round of the A1GP season at Sepang.

In his second outing with the team, Andretti was one of three drivers forced to retire at the start of the sprint race after the field was backed up by the front-runners, with Andretti running into the rear of Narain Karthikeyan and Felipe Guimaraes also making contact with the rear of the Indian car.

"You can say its unavoidable but at the time I thought everyone was going and I could only see two rows ahead of me,” Andretti admitted of the race-ending shunt. “I couldn't see ahead of the whole field. I was about to grab fourth gear, and as soon as rear tires were hooking up, that was needed to stop the car.

“There was no hope. In the States you either go or you don't. Here, they went and then stopped. No one was to blame, it was just racing. But ultimately I crashed out two cars."

With the Andretti Green Racing-run team having repaired the extensive damage done to the car in time for the feature race, Andretti was able to make up places to fourth and when miscommunication in the Malaysian squad saw Fairuz Faurzy put when he didn't need to, Andretti moved up into a third place he would hold to the flag.

"The start was a bit of survival and I used the PowerBoost when everybody was close together and we needed the track position,” he said. “The boys did a good job in the pits and then we weren't threatened from behind, but I had nothing on these guys in front so I was just enjoying the car and Sepang. It's a great circuit."


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Marco Andretti - A1 Team USA [Pic credit: A1GP]
Earl Bamber - A1 Team New Zealand [Pic credit: A1GP]
Loic Duval - A1 Team France [Pic credit: A1GP]
The crash at the start of the Sepang sprint race [Pic credit: A1GP]
Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]
Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]
Marco Andretti - A1 Team USA [Pic credit: A1GP]
Adam Carroll - A1 Team Ireland [Pic credit: A1GP]
Adam Carroll - A1 Team Ireland [Pic credit: A1GP]
Adam Carroll - A1 Team Ireland [Pic credit: A1GP]
Adam Carroll - A1 Team Ireland [Pic credit: A1GP]
Neel Jani - A1 Team Switzerland [Pic credit: A1GP]
Neel Jani - A1 Team Switzerland [Pic credit: A1GP]
David Garza - A1 Team Mexico [Pic credit: A1GP]
Adam Carroll - A1 Team Ireland [Pic credit: A1GP]
Danny Watts - A1 Team Great Britain [Pic credit: A1GP]
Adam Carroll - A1 Team Ireland [Pic credit: A1GP]
John Martin - A1 Team Australia [Pic credit: A1GP]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


FrankG - Unregistered

November 24, 2008 2:58 AM

That's your opinion... But look at their ages and experience level... then look at the road that they have in front of them... If they were equal I think MA would be the one kicking asses here...



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.