France's Loic Duval blamed a myriad of red flags for not being able to pose a greater challenge for pole position in qualifying for the latest round of A1 Grand Prix at Durban, South Africa.

Having topped three of the four practice sessions over the weekend, Duval was arguably the favourite for pole position around the tricky street circuit but found himself with lost momentum when he was prevented from even setting a time in the second segment following a red flag.

Various other incidents harmed his progress in the first and third sessions too and although Duval made a last gasp bid for pole position in the final segment with the second fastest lap of the weekend thus far, it was only good enough to get him third on the grid, just a tenth off pole position.

Indeed, Duval was disappointed to miss out on pole position, the Formula Nippon driver admitting he was confident he could have beaten Germany to the top spot without the interruptions.

'It didn't help us as it was difficult after the red flag to get a good feeling with the car. I am a little bit disappointed with this result as I think it was possible to be on the front this weekend. However, the car looks really good.

"It will be a really tough race so we will see tomorrow. At the end we did a great job, but the second qualifying was really, really bad for us so maybe that is why we are only third."



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