Team Pakistan continued its learning curve in A1GP in opening practice at Sentul, as the squad bids to get its season off the ground and register its first points of a thus-far fruitless campaign.

Following an eventful rookie session, Nur Ali completed 29 laps around the demanding circuit in afternoon practice to lop a full 1.5 seconds off his earlier best effort, though the 32-year-old admitted there was still considerable room for further improvement.

"The track here is good," he said afterwards. "I like the configuration and I'm enjoying driving the circuit. There are different levels of grip as the surface changes from tarmac to concrete, but the grip level is generally high.

"This morning's sessions were a little frustrating. I had to learn the circuit as this is my first time at Sentul, and we had a few incidents but nothing too serious. Unfortunately when the car was recovered from a run-off area at the end of the second rookie period the marshals dragged it through some deep gravel, but thankfully when we got the car back there was no mechanical damage.

"In this afternoon's practice session I did one lap, but discovered we had a bit of a problem with the brakes which turned out to be air in the brake lines. The team worked on this and I was able to get back on track with about 45 minutes still remaining.

"After that I did a long stint and it was great to get some solid practice time in the car. Conditions are very hot here, and although I did start to feel the heat towards the end of the session, I felt fit enough to be able to concentrate on my driving. We have a couple of set-up changes that we want to make tomorrow, which should be beneficial and lower our times further."



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