As a mark of respect to those caught up in the recent earthquake in Pakistan, the country's A1 Grand Prix entry will carry a black band on its air intake for the two races at EuroSpeedway Lausitzring this weekend.

With an aggregate time of 3min 08.559secs from its two best laps in qualifying, Adam Khan is due to line up 16th on the grid for the opening sprint race at the German facility. Team chairman Arif Husain said that there as no pressure to remove Khan from competition, but confirmed that the team was thinking about the victims.

"On behalf of A1 Team Pakistan, we join the bereaved families in their grievance as a result of the earthquake," he said, "Prayers to Allah to give them fortitude and strength in dealing with this tragedy and pray for eternal peace of those who have died."

Khan was among the group of drivers still coming to grips with the trick Lausitz circuit by the time qualifying came around, and was unable to replicate his sterling performance from round one at Brands Hatch a fortnight ago.

"In the practice session this morning, I tried following the more experienced drivers around the circuit to learn the lines," he admitted, "This circuit is very different from Brands Hatch and I'm learning all the time.

"In qualifying, the balance of the car felt good, but I have to work on my braking and on carrying more speed through the corners. Tomorrow's warm-up session will give me further opportunity to practice my lines again, which should stand me in good stead in the sprint race."

Team Pakistan team principal David Sears admitted that the choice of circuit played into the hands of those with prior experience.

"EuroSpeedway is a very technical circuit and, with the limited amount of running time we've had, it favours the more experienced drivers in the series," he said, "But Adam is continuously improving, and I'm sure he will be more competitive over race distance."

 

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