Alex Yoong posted the 18th fastest time in the aggregated A1 Grand Prix series qualifying session at the Lausitzring, but pointed to a series of unrelated problems for preventing anything better.

Yoong and Team Malaysia team-mate Fairuz Fauzy, who drove in practice on Friday afternoon, are both experiencing the German track for the first time, and hung around 17th and 18th positions throughout practice. After the first two segments of qualifying, there had been a slight improvement to 16th, but the team then bounced between 23rd and 18th in the final segments.

"We tried a couple of changes for today in morning practice, and then developed the car further during the session and we made good progress," Yoong revealed, "We were still making changes during qualifying so, by the end of the session, the car was much better.

"Unfortunately, we only had the chance to do one qualifying run, losing the others to traffic problems, used tyres and an Italian driver who was a bit too aggressive coming out of the pits and put me on the grass. I'm quite positive looking towards tomorrow, however, because we know which direction to take the car and make it better. I think, after tomorrow's warm-up, we should be able to run in the top ten."

Malaysia finished fifth and 13th at Brands Hatch with Yoong and Fauzy last time out, but team principal Jack Cunningham pointed to the lack of track knowledge as a key factor in the Lausitz performance.

"We started this new series with a strong performance at Brands Hatch when we finished fifth, but this weekend is being much less kind to us!" he sighed, "It's a new circuit for our drivers and this is reflected in the lap times.

"It's taken us a while to dial in the car, but we're confident that we're heading in the right direction and can improve our pace in the races tomorrow. The drivers have worked solidly to improve their performance, as has the whole of the technical team, and we'll see how tomorrow goes."

 

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