Brazil produced their finest qualifying performance in A1 Grand Prix for a year after securing a best of sixth place on the grid at Sepang.

The team's best starting position since Raphael Matos in Beijing last year (although even that was not achieved through a qualifying session), Jimenez has been on good form for much of the weekend and showed as much in qualifying for the sprint race when he managed seventh on the grid.

"We expected something to need changing after the first qualifying for the sprint race and we were right as we suffered a lot of understeer in the first session. We made some big changes and improved the lap time by a second so we have to be happy with that. We should really be a couple of places higher, but seventh is not bad.

With small tweaks made to the car, former GP2 Series racer Jimenez tried again in qualifying for the feature race and managed to produce the second fastest first sector time overall. However, a mistake midway through the lap saw Jimenez have to settle for sixth, a result he was frustrated with as he believes he should have been as high as fourth.

"In first qualifying for the feature race, we started very good on old tyres and improved the car a lot. Unfortunately I made a mistake on the middle sector of that lap, but the first sector was the fastest of the session. We put new tyres on for the final qualifying and the balance changed a bit. I had oversteer in three turns, so I think I could have been fourth, but we know we have a good car for the race and I'm confident we can get a podium here."

Looking for their first double points finish since that Chinese round, the result also pleased team principal Emerson Fittipaldi, who is becoming increasingly impressed with Jimenez.

"I am pleased that we are showing an improved performance and consistency. I'm very happy with Sergio's last lap because he had oversteer and still set an impressive lap time. He should be in the top four but because of the time he lost due to that, I am happy to start from sixth.

"Sergio is getting more confident, is learning about the car and is working well with the engineers and the team. We have a good synergy and I'm looking forward to two positive races tomorrow."

 

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