Vive la France; that's certainly the case in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations after the Tricolore was flown twice more from the top step of the podium after Nicolas Lapierre took another double victory for the DAMS-run squad.

Lapierre added to his double victory in Germany and team-mate Alex Premat's double in Estoril to see France cement its position at the top of the championship with 71 points.

"A perfect weekend for us," said Lapierre "The car was fast from the first lap onwards and we didn't have to make a lot of changes.

"At the start, I had to watch out a bit of the cars behind me in the feature race. I saw Alvaro Parente pass me, and did not know where he was coming from. Later, the team told me he had a 'stop and go' penalty for jumping the start. We had an excellent strategy.

"After the perfect pit stop I was able to push again. I'm proud of my team who did a one-hundred-percent job the whole weekend. I think that we showed again a fantastic performance. This is great team-work. I had to win because of Alex's performance last race. Now it will be his turn again to act in Malaysia. Six wins is really excellent for A1 France."

Jean-Paul Driot, team manager of A1 Team France, added: "I really can't say a lot more.A1 Team France has now 71 points. The team made no mistakes from start to finish. A perfect day."



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