Having returned to the podium last time out at Sepang, Nicolas Lapierre will look to give France another top three finish as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to Indonesia for the fifth meeting of the campaign.

The defending champions have endured a frustrating start to the campaign but things finally came good in Malaysia when Lapierre clinched a place on the podium behind Nico Hulkenberg and Robbie Kerr in the feature race.

Now, on a circuit where he won the sprint race last season, Lapierre will look to not only finish on the podium for the second meeting in a row, but take the French teams first win of the year.

"After the GP2 tests in Europe, I can't wait to get started on my second A1GP race in Indonesia," he said. "Last year, I won the sprint race, so I have some good memories. This time we're in Indonesia much earlier than last time and we'll be right in the rainy season. But despite lack of visibility I am rarely bothered by rain. With the A1 France team, I hope to continue our podium trends.

"The car has progressed well since the start of the season. This time, our rookie driver Loic Duval will be able to help us with the important data that we gather from the rookie session. We should have a positive weekend in front of the usually full grandstands. Experiencing the emotion and great support from the spectators is very encouraging."

Team principal Jean-Paul Driot is also hopeful of a strong weekend although he called for clarification from A1GP organisers about the rules following an incident in the feature race in Malaysia where the German team were given a push start in pitlane.

"A1 Team France is clearly showing its strength as we recover our place near the top of the classification," he said. "The team is working hard to return to winning ways and the engineers are working well with our drivers. Our winning experience on this track should help us this weekend and I'm expecting a really strong performance from the team despite the tough competition. However, I hope that A1GP will clarify the regulations to avoid incidents like what we saw with the German team in the final result from Malaysia. We're completely focused on fighting for wins this weekend."

 

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