Neel Jani and Team Switzerland have set their sights on the win that eluded them in last year's race visit to Sepang after securing pole position for round four of A1 Grand Prix around the Malaysian circuit.

Having made an unspectacular return to the series in place of Sebastien Buemi in Beijing, Jani is determined to give the team, currently 16th in the standings, a shot at victory once again, albeit with New Zealand, Germany and Great Britain expected to be their closest challengers this time around.

Indeed, having been the pole sitter for the race last season too, twelve months ago Jani took part in a thrilling race-long duel with France's Alex Premat during both races, but eventually had to settle for two second places, something he is determined to improve upon this time around.

"I am very pleased with the result," he said. "Today is my first real race weekend and also my first pole of the season, the third of my career and my second at Sepang. I pushed very hard from start to finish. My first lap was really good and as the session went by, it got tricky as the rain threatened, but it was very hot and humid and the track was slowing down.

"We had a good strategy for qualifying and it paid off. We made sure to save our tyres too for the race. It's a great boost for what is a completely new team of mechanics and engineers and we're working really well together. I cannot thank the team enough.

Indeed, the result was all the more impressive considering Switzerland were unable to gather data from having a driver in the 'rookie' practice sessions, with Jani ominously insisting there is certainly more to come from both the car and himself.

"Overall, this track is so interesting and challenging. It will be an interesting race as I am far from the limit of my car and I have some more speed in reserve. I am in pole on the grid for Sunday's sprint race and this gives me confidence for a good race."



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