After some recent poor luck for the defending champions, Nicolas Lapierre secured a podium finish for A1 Team France in Malaysia as the World Cup of Motorsport returned to Sepang for the second time.

Sepang was the first venue this season where A1GP has raced before and Lapierre qualified ninth on the grid for the feature race. Moving up the order, the GP2 ace took the flag in sixth place to secure a single point.

A torrential downpour delayed the start of the feature race, which started behind the Safety Car as a result, but Lapierre made up further places to secure a place on the podium behind Nico Hulkenberg and Robbie Kerr.

"I am very happy today," he said afterwards. "It's fantastic to have scored a point in the morning sprint race and then maintain the momentum for a podium in the feature race.

"Since the start of the season we've been a bit unlucky, but it was not the teams fault. We've had various problems with the engine or the gearbox. We had a difficult day in qualifying but everything went better today even if we lost some time behind the safety car at the start of the feature race. To finish on the podium is a good result and shows the speed we have."

Team principal Jean-Paul Driot was equally pleased with a podium finish and admitted that the results so far this season hadn't reflected the hard work of both team and driver.

"The team worked hard and consistently and we used our allocation of wet weather tyres very well," he said. "I'm sure we could have finished even higher up the podium if we'd had a few more laps in the wet as Nicolas was driving very well. I'm very happy for him. This is a good result after the various mechanical problems we have suffered in the first couple of races of the season."



Loading Comments...