Double Brands Hatch race winner Nelson Piquet Jr kept up his frontrunning show in the second A1 Grand Prix meeting at Lausitz in Germany, despite never having been to the circuit before.

The Team Brazil driver arrived at the German circuit confident that he could repeat the type of performance that saw him dominate the opening round two weeks ago, and the day got off a positive start when Piquet finished the first of two practice sessions in third place, behind the British and French entries of Robbie Kerr and Nicolas Lapierre.

"We had a great weekend at Brands Hatch, but this weekend we start again, and have to make improvements and raise our game," team boss Emerson Fittipaldi
admitted, "All the teams are learning and improving all the time, and we must do the same.

"Eurospeedway is a new track for Nelson and it is important for him to get as much track time as possible, because a lot of the drivers have raced here before and have more experience - they are the guys that have been faster than us today. We are still learning about the car, which was quite good in the first practice, but a little bit nervous this afternoon while we were trying to set up the brakes. I am confident and optimistic, however, and we have time in the morning to improve things before qualifying."

While the opening session passed without major incident, and Team Brazil was able to complete a valuable 23 laps, Piquet also found himself hampered by a minor technical problem second time around which, despite completing a further 23 laps, left it down in ninth place overall.

"Today has been okay, not ideal, but I'm not too worried," Piquet reported, "This is my first time driving on the circuit, and it's quite difficult, so I've spent today learning the track and working with the team to find a good set-up for tomorrow.

"The first session went quite well and we were quick but, in second practice, I spent a lot of time bedding in the brakes, and then lost a bit of time with a problem with the battery, so I haven't done as many laps as I would have liked. We've got another hour tomorrow morning, though, and I am pretty confident that we will do well in the one-lap qualifying."

 

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