Sebastien Buemi may have finished fourth in the Eastern Creek sprint race and added another four points in the feature race to take Switzerland up to fifth place in the A1 Grand Prix standings, but team-mate Neel Jani appears poised to return to action next time out.

Jani was forced to miss the Australian outing after damaging his hand in a non-racing accident, allowing Buemi to slip back into the cockpit. However, Jani's recovery continues to progress to the doctor's satisfaction, and he should be back with the team for the Durban street races on Sunday 25 February.

Buemi, meanwhile, took Switzerland's points total to 36 with his double score 'down under', but admitted that his weekend had not been as comfortable as the previous round in New Zealand had been. Glossing over the incident that left Team Ireland's Richard Lyons enraged after the two came together in the feature race, the F3 regular said that he could have possibly added further to the total, but had opted not to take too many risks.

"The start of the sprint race was not easy as New Zealand, and Great Britain were very strong," he reported, "I considered passing France, but I did not want to take any big risks at that stage. I am satisfied to have finished in fourth after starting from third row. I kept my pace all race and took another good start after the safety car and protected a second line start for the feature race.

"I have mixed feelings for the feature race though. I would have liked to score more points this weekend, but I feel that the course of the race would have been different if I had not missed the start and immediately lost a few places. After the start, I already reacted in the second hairpin and overtook two cars, but our effort was stopped because the pace car was deployed after Canada's accident.

"After the restart, I found my pace, but we had a bit of trouble at the pit-stop with one of the wheel guns and again I lost a few places. However, after earning three points in Zandvoort, one point in Brno and nine points in New Zealand, I'm pretty happy to have scored another seven on my first visit to Australia."

 

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