A1 Team Malaysia returned to the track for the first time since Brands Hatch, but struggled to find the pace at EuroSpeedway Lausitz, as both its drivers took time to learn the intricate German road course ahead of round two of the A1 Grand Prix series.

Alex Yoong drove in the first of two sessions, recording the 17th fastest time among the 24 cars present, while team-mate Fairuz Fauzy took the wheel in part two, also finishing 17th quickest.

"It's our first time here and it's quite a tricky track, so we had to work hard developing the optimum set-up of the car," Yoong commented, "It's good to be back in the A1 race car, and it's been interesting to come to a new track for me, but we need to continue to work hard to improve on our times and be competitive for the race."

With neither of the two drivers having driven on the Lausitz road course, the team had to quickly learn its characteristics.

"After Alex's time in the car this morning, we reviewed the data and made some set-up changes, but they didn't really improve the car," Fauzy reported, "It's quite a technical track, with a mix of fast and slow corners, so it will take some time to get the car to our liking."

"We'll review the data with the engineers and have a better understanding of what we need to do and the direction in which we're heading," Yoong added, "Practice sessions are for exactly what the name suggests - practicing - so we weren't out on track today simply to try and set the fastest times.

"However, 17th is not what we had expected. It shows the importance and value of having run on this track before, something neither Fairuz nor I have done. We have some ideas from our running today with respect to changes we will make to the car set-up and so, with that and our increasing experience here, we are cautiously optimistic that we will improve quite a bit tomorrow."

 

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