Willi Weber might be accustomed to being at the front end of the action through his management of German Formula One superstar Michael Schumacher, but it was all a bit more mide-field in the first ever A1 Grand Prix as Team Germany took to the track at Brands Hatch.

A1 Team Germany comes under the realm of Weber and driver Timo Scheider had it all to do with from the off at the challenging Brands Hatch circuit.

Scheider set the twelfth, ninth and twentieth fastest times in the three free pactice sessions before ending up as the thirteenth fastest on Saturday after the qualifying runs.

The Sprint race saw one position's movement for the team during the eighteen lapper, though unfortunately it was one position backwards as Scheider took the chequered flag in fourteenth place.

Race two, the Feature race, was a far more action-packed affair and Scheider took advantage of the standing start race format to vault forwards to seventh place by the end of the second lap.

Pit-stop time however saw Team Germany suffer two gun jams meaning the German returned to the track back in fourteenth place. Things got worse as Scheider had a race low of sixteenth in the order before offs and pitstops from those ahead meant he would finish the thirty-eight lap race in tenth place, with a point and $10,000.

Scheider was quick to praise the series and recognise there's work to do. "The A1 Grand Prix series is an excellent concept," he said. "I'm getting to know the car better and better with every kilometre, my confidence increases with every lap. In the early stages of the race I made up a lot of places - this trend makes me confident for the future. A mishap during he tyre change and te safety car phase prevented us getting an even better result."

Looking on Willi Weber likes what he's seen so far. "A1 Team Germany showed what it is capable of on its debut," he said. "We are right there; Timo fought his way towards the front during the race as expected and had a position in the leading group within his grasp before being robbed by bad luck.

"I'm convinced that we will improve even more at the home race at the Lausitzring on 9 October. The spectators can look forward to an exciting race series."



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