A1 Team Netherlands driver, Jos Verstappen has admitted that his knowledge of the Sepang International Circuit was an advantage during practice Friday.

Verstappen, who set the quickest time of the day during practice for the A1 Grand Prix of Nations Malaysia, added that getting the most out of the tyres while they are 'new' during qualifying Saturday could well prove crucial.

"Finally, a first place!" said the former F1 ace. "Off course you have to take into account that I know the track reasonably well. I have had a few races here - that certainly worked to my advantage.

"The car felt good today, especially on new tyres. After that it became a lot harder, but I think that goes for everyone else also. It will be a very exciting and close qualifying tomorrow, because the tyres only last a few laps and then the grip levels go down very quickly. The qualifying will be very important, let's hope we will get through there very well and are able to drive a couple of strong races here."

Team Netherlands boss, Jan Lammers was also pleased and was himself out on track during practice for the Pro Celebrity race with the Proton Satria Gti's, setting the fifth fastest time.

"It's only Friday, but as a racing driver and as a team off course you always want to be in front," he added. "So this is just very pleasing. It is good for visualising being on top of the list and being able to sit in the middle at the press conference. It's always nice telling a success story and we basically have the same situation here as during the previous races, the only difference being that now we start from a fastest time of the day.

"For tomorrow it will be very delicate deciding on the tyres. In the morning you can choose for a new set and be very happy then because it will look good. Maybe then we will be one of the quickest again. For the afternoon though you are then taking a small risk. The fastest two lap times will count and if you have a problem on any of the new sets, you are basically beaten. If you have three new sets available, It's more comfortable. Then you can attack full three times. For today I'm very happy. The team spirit is very good, Jos is in a good and positive mood and the food's good here."



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