With the European leg of the A1 Grand Prix calendar behind them, A1 Team Netherlands travels to Eastern Creek in Australia for the fourth round of the new championship with driver Jos Verstappen aiming for a clean weekend.

The Eastern Creek circuit, located just outside Sydney is for A1 Team Netherlands, Verstappen and almost all other teams an unfamiliar track and the Racing for Holland backed squad will go into Sunday's double header ninth in the championship table with 15 points.

"I have had a quick look at the track lay out on the computer, but you can't really work with that," says Verstappen, who failed to score in the most recent race in the series at Estoril in Portugal after vaulting over the rear wing of Adrian Sutil's Team Germany entry. "When I arrive there I will first go for a walk around the circuit. Only then you can say more.

"Travelling there is quite tough, the nine hours time difference is something you will feel physically. I'm travelling there on time to get acclimatised", says Verstappen who looking back on the first three races is very pleased with the progress the team has made. "Especially with the car, it really handles a lot better".

After the ups and downs of the Estoril race, with a fourth place in the sprint race and the crash in the feature race, A1 Team Netherlands is focused even more to continue the progress that was also made in Portugal.

After the crash at Estoril, the A1 Team Netherlands car was flown back to England straight away to be repaired by Lola. The orange car was put on the plane to Sydney on Sunday in order to make sure that the car is delivered to the team in time.

"It's going to be a spectacular weekend, that's for sure," adds team manager Jan Lammers. "There are not many possibilities for overtaking at Eastern Creek. You have to use your power boosts intelligently. It's going to be a big battle for the win, because most drivers don't know the circuit," continues Lammers, who drove at Eastern Creek in a sportscar several years ago. "The ambiance is going to be great, with the Australian fans, who always are enthusiastic, as we can see in the F1 race there each year.

"As far as our team is concerned after the first six races we are happy with the progress, both from the team and the drivers. The two 7th place finishes and the 4th place tell you something about where we are at the moment, but the same goes for the three non finishes. We are aiming for at least a top six position to start with, which should be well possible because only few have got experience on this circuit.

"It's also going to be a race within a race. All teams together have to build A1 Grand Prix as spectacular Motorsport entertainment and as A1 Team Netherlands we have to race the others, grow and try to see if we can end the season in the top of the Championship".

 

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