Currently in third place in the standings for the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Team Switzerland had an added challenge as it took to the Australian circuit of Eastern Creek for the fourth round of the championship with driver Neel Jani having something of a fever about him.

Jani arrived in Australia early in the week to acclimatise to the temperature and the time difference, but he hardly enjoyed his stay.

"I suffered from high fever. It was very sudden as if it had stricken me. I was feeling dizzy all the time. I just could not stand nor walk," explained Jani.

"First we thought of a severe food poisoning. But most probably a virus of some type. Anyway, I was feeling slightly better this morning and decided to climb in the car. I only completed a few laps. Nevertheless this track is a fun challenge. It's quite tricky. It's even very bumpy. I am sure you can fly off here if you are not very cautious."

The weather played a key part on the opening day of practice at "A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Eastern Creek, Sydney, Australia" on the Friday afternoon. The drivers got only a few laps in dry conditions in the first hour-long practice session. Then heavy rain started falling over the track disrupting the performance of the cars.

In the afternoon, there were a couple of red flags due to drivers spinning off the track but despite his condition Jani finished in an excellent third position with a 1min 21.592secs lap time.

Team seat holder Max Welti was full of praise for his driver. "It was very courageous for Neel Jani to climb in the car despite his health condition," he said. "His times prove his incredible determination. I hope he is going to be fully fit tomorrow for qualifying."



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