Team Switzerland heads to Malaysia targeting a repeat performance to kickstart its 2006/07 campaign, after the squad picked up a double rostrum finish in Sepang this time last year.

Although the team clinched the runner-up spot in the nations' standings in A1GP's inaugural season, it has struggled so far second time around, having netted just four points from the first three meetings with best performances of eighth at both Zandvoort and Brno courtesy of Formula 3 Euroseries ace Sebastien Buemi.

Sepang is a happy hunting ground for nominated driver Neel Jani, however, and the former GP2 star believes a similar result to that achieved in 2005 is eminently possible as the Swiss outfit aims to get its title challenge into gear.

"After the tough times in Beijing I am looking forward to Malaysia," he admitted. "For me Malaysia holds a lot of good memories with two successive podiums last year. I have some good experience of this challenging track, which I really like. It has a unique character but conditions can be really hot and you have to come well-prepared to acclimatise quickly.

"I hope there will be a lot of fans to cheer us on. The weather can also change quite quickly and go from very hot and humid to a complete downpour, but I'm confident we can get a good result in Malaysia and get back on the podium."

Team principal Max Welti was equally positive about the squad's potential to repeat their 2005 success.

"I'm pleased to be back to Malaysia and what I consider my home-from-home, Kuala Lumpur," he said. "I know this place so well from my Sauber Petronas days and also from a 24-hour race I worked on there.

"We started the season with bad luck, but we know our car is fast and our package is competitive. I am hopeful we will have a good chance this weekend."

 

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