A1 Team Mexico endured a tough weekend at Sepang to lose the lead of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport - with Salvador Duran failing to score and surviving a punctured tyre at nearly 250km/h.

Struggling to set-up the car, Duran was only able to qualify in twelfth place for the ten lap sprint race at the Malaysian circuit - making up just one position in the race to cross the line in eleventh place. Failing to score a point also saw Mexico drop behind Germany in the standings after Niko Hulkenberg claimed a second place finish.

The feature race started behind the Safety Car due to wet conditions, but once racing got underway, Duran was involved in contact with the Australian car driven by Ryan Briscoe. Losing positions as a result, things got worse for Duran when a blown tyre saw him go off into the gravel and retirement - bringing to an end a difficult weekend for the South American squad.

"In the feature race when the pace car left the track and we started racing, the Australian car hit me at turn one," he said. "With this situation I lost two positions, but I was able to rejoin the race. Nevertheless, my car continued to lose grip and I dropped more positions.

"Later, when they called me to pit I was running at 244km/h in the backstretch and a tyre that was damaged because of the early incident at the beginning of the race exploded and I went off in the gravel. Happily I am fine, but I am also very sad. I came to Malaysia leading the point standings and I thought that I could maintain the lead again. At the end, we are still in the top-three in the championship standings and this will only make us to work more every day to improve our performance.

"We will rebound, we are going to a circuit that I have already known in Indonesia and we will work hard in our quest for victory."

Mexico now share third in the standing with Malaysia and France, with Germany having reclaimed the lead following a win and second place finish.



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