Though he will doubtless be hoping to use his two front row starting spots to his advantage and thereby avoid any potential comings-together once the lights have gone out, Neel Jani nevertheless fears the opening few corners of the Zhuhai International Circuit could prove to be the catalyst for controversy on Sunday.

The Swiss ace picked up from where he had left off in Malaysia three weeks ago, by storming to pole position for the feature race, having already annexed P2 on the grid for the shorter sprint outing. Now his focus is set on repeating his Sepang race day form - when the opposition were unable to see him for dust.

"By the time of the third practice, our brake problems from yesterday had been cured," the former GP2 star commented afterwards. "I was able to push to find out the potential of the car, and that was a lot better. In order to improve, we tried different solutions during the third session. I was on my last quick lap, but I went off in the last corner - these things happen.

"I was determined to take another good result from the two qualifying sessions, but I had to be careful as the track had become slightly dirty in places where cars had run wide and kicked up dust. I wanted to re-take pole position for the sprint race, but I am second-fastest behind Germany so I will still be starting from the front row.

"The start will be difficult because of the extremely tight and narrow first corner. It's about 400 to 500m after the start-line and cars will already be going to up to 220/230 km/h at that corner. We will have to be on our toes, be aware and watch for the guys around us, but my aim is to win both races tomorrow."

Team principal Max Welti was equally effusive about the outcome of the day, as Switzerland bids to further extend the eight-point advantage it has opened up over France following Jani's double success in Sepang.

"I am very pleased with the result," he asserted. "Neel impressed me so much today. He is so focused and improved constantly on the track - what excellent teamwork!

"Neel, our rookie Alexandre Imperatori, our engineers and the mechanics did an excellent team job all weekend. What a great qualifying to set us up well for the two races tomorrow."

 

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