Armaan Ebrahim secured India's best qualifying position since last season's round at Sepang with a drive to 16th on the grid at Sentul.

Utilising data from Parthiva Sureshwaren who competed in the rookie sessions, Ebrahim was able to get the gap down to the leading runners to little over a second, whilst in turn out-qualifying the likes of Indonesia, Ireland and Brazil.

"I'm happy with how it went in qualifying, we've made up quite a bit of time since the beginning of the weekend," he said. "I'm a bit annoyed because I made a small mistake on my last run, so we could have been even quicker.

"We're just a second away now from the front runners which is a big improvement and hopefully we'll be even better in the race."

Indeed, A1 Team India seat holder Yohann J Setna believes Ebrahim could have been even higher up the grid were in not for various circumstances.

"The team did a good job today. On Armaan's first flying lap he made a mistake going into the first corner, and lost about six tenths, so we knew he had a bit more speed in the car, we knew he could do a 1.17.900 at least.

"On his second run unfortunately he was behind Ireland when they went off, so he had to lift because of the yellow flag. Fortunately he still had new tyres left for sessions three and four.

"The last two sessions were really good, quick and very consistent, which was want we wanted. I don't think the car could have done a better time this afternoon. From the beginning of the weekend to now, Armaan has improved about four seconds.

"So yes, we're happy with how it went today, we got what we thought we could out of the car, and will be looking to improve again tomorrow."

 

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