A1 Team Lebanon driver Daniel Morad admits he crumbled under the pressure after finishing in 12th place from a starting position of third during the latest round of A1 GP in Malaysia.
Morad delivered Lebanon their best ever grid position by some margin with a superb run to third during qualifying, but while he held his nerve at the start of the race to run a brief second, he would slide down the leader board as the race progressed.
Nonetheless, Formula BMW driver Morad, who scored Lebanon's first ever A1 GP points at Zandvoort earlier this season, comes to the series with scant experience compared to the likes of Neel Jani and Adam Carroll, a factor that he claims got the better of him on the day.
“I was a bit worried about the Feature race start as this was my first proper A1GP standing start, but in the end I just focused and it all came together. I couldn't keep Portugal behind me, so he passed me, I was fighting hard but got pushed wide and dropped places again.
“We made a wing change in the first stop so we lost out on another position, but then I settled in, although now back out of the points. I think our stops were actually good, but I was just caught out with the pressure.
“Many of the other drivers have lots more experience, coming from F1 or F1 test drive roles, while I've made the jump from Formula BMW, a much lower formula and really don't have much race experience. I've learned a lot from these races and this can only help for the future.”
Despite the eventual result, which also included an 11th place in the sprint race, Lebanon Ambassador Billy Karam believes Morad has an encouraging future with the team.
“We've seen this weekend that Daniel has the courage and spirit to fight it out on track. Although he has far less experience than all but one or two of the drivers, he's up there battling it out and I'm sure it won't be long before we see him turning his superb qualifying ability into strong results.
“I think we should be heartened by the team's performance this weekend; it's all heading in the right direction and I'm sure we'll see that in the next rounds.”