Jos Verstappen has said he feels qualifying will be key to a good weekend for Team Netherlands as the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to Sepang for the fifth round of the year in Malaysia.

Verstappen is one of the drivers to have prior knowledge of the circuit from his time in Formula One, having competed at the venue on three occasions during his time in F1 with a best result of seventh in 2001 while driving for Arrows, and the Dutchman said he was looking forward to competing on a 'true racetrack'.

"I know this circuit very well and I have always performed well here, that's not the issue," he said. "We have to see how we are going to set up the car. Our main focus has to be the qualifying. I think that this is the most important thing for us. And as far as the race is concerned, normally that always goes well.

"I hope that the weather will play along with us this weekend, because the predictions call for some rain in the afternoon on raceday. This is a true racetrack though, with plenty of overtaking possibilities, I like that."

Seat holder Jan Lammers said he was also confident that Verstappen would be able to deliver the goods in the Malaysian race, adding that he was hopeful that the orange car will be fighting for the podium.

"If you think of Malaysia and of Holland and Verstappen as a driver, your thoughts immediately go to the good times we've had here in Formula One," he said. "Verstappen fighting with Hakkinen for second - as far as that's concerned we have got the mental picture. The confidence is there and it would be great if we can get onto the podium, which has been talked about lots of times, in this beautiful country and on this great track. It will be very much fun driving myself this weekend."

Lammers - who finished ninth in the Grand Prix Masters event at Kyalami last weekend - will also be in action on track at Sepang as he joins former F1 racers Emerson Fittipaldi and Alan Jones, A1GP founder Sheik Maktoum and A1GP general manager Stephen Watson in competing in the Proton Satria support race and he said he was looking forward to a 'fun' event.

"I still have to get used to going to circuits not as a racing driver," he said. "This is just big fun and very good for pr. The Sheikh will be racing, as is Fittipaldi and Stephen Watson, who used to be a test driver for Arrows. We are just going to have a lot of fun together and I don't think that all the cars will come out completely unscarred!"



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