Team Switzerland claimed sixth place on the grid for the opening race of round two of the new A1 Grand Prix series, with Neel Jani improving from one lap to the next in the innovative qualifying session.

The 21-year old GP2 frontrunner admitted that he was happy with his performance at the unfamiliar EuroSpeedway Lausitz, despite limited experience of the German facility.

"We showed an incredible improvement," he said, "After I continuously had some understeer in the free practice, today I had to deal with oversteer in the qualifying on fresh tyres. That's why we returned more and more to our starting base with the set-up. As shown by our steadily improving lap times, this worked out well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow because our momentum is really good now."

After finding its feet at the opening round at Brands Hatch - Switzerland was among the later entries to the series - team manager Max Welti admitted that there was probably more to come this weekend.

"Things could be worse," he said, "Yet, looking at Neel's last fast lap, it's a pity to see what would have been possible. What's encouraging is that we've prepared ourselves for the race in great detail and that we've got the speed to be among the frontrunners. Now we need to make use of this tomorrow."

 

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