Germany took one step closer to the A1GP title in the nation vs. nation series' sophomore campaign, with rookie Christian Vietoris lining up second on the grid for the sprint race in Mexico City this weekend.

The result marks the Willi Weber-managed squad's fifth front row start of the season and, with key rival New Zealand qualifying all the way down in 14th place, effectively gives them one hand on the crown.

Taking over the reins from Nico H?lkenberg - away on F3 commitments ahead of his maiden Euroseries campaign this year - Vietoris proved more than a worthy substitute, converting unremarkable practice pace into a stunning qualifying run, trading times with Team GB's fellow rookie Oliver Jarvis session-long and never out of the top three in any of the four 15-minute segments.

"I have had to work hard the whole weekend on the car and I have learned a lot," the 17-year-old commented. "Friday was a good day as we worked a lot on the car and I am happy with how the weekend has gone.

"After languishing down in 11th place in free practice, we set the car up again like it had been on Friday. In the first qualifying run on new tyres I immediately posted third fastest time, and second in the second run on the same tyres. We made some changes between sessions two and three - when I made a small mistake - but for qualifying four it was the best car.

"In the final segment I pushed to the absolute limit on new tyres and snatched second place. It goes without saying that it is a fantastic result in my first qualifying run in an A1GP race car. Furthermore, New Zealand who is our closest rival in the championship only qualified 14th."

 

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