With regular driver Christian Vietoris getting his first taste of Formula 1 in Valencia, Michael Ammermuller is doing a good job of stealing the youngsters thunder on the other side of the world in Sepang after qualifying third for the A1 Grand Prix feature race.

Drafted in to replace Wili Weber's prot?g? for the weekend while he enjoys a BMW F1 test in Spain, Ammermuller's debut may have endured an inauspicious start when he was forced to sit out much of the practice sessions, but he managed to make up for that during qualifying.

Looking to rebuild a reputation that took a knock when he was dropped from both the GP2 Series and the World Series by Renault this year, Ammermuller showed flashes of the form that saw him win on his GP2 debut in 2006 after placing his Germany car fourth on the grid for the sprint race

At the time the team's best starting position of the season, Ammermuller managed to go one better in qualifying for the feature event to give the team a strong chance of a healthy points haul come race day.

"This is a result that I'm pleased with," he said. "I still wasn't on the limit with new tyres in the first run. I pushed a little harder and took a few more risks on the new tyres and improved my time in the second run. I made the third timed lap on used tyres. I took new tyres again for the final attempt and did my best qualifying lap.

"Second on the grid could have been possible if I'd taken a few more risks. My team improved the car constantly with small changes to the aerodynamic balance between the individual sessions. With a good car I think we have potential in both races on Sunday. I hope that I can reward the entire team with a good result."



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