Nelson Piquet was left disappointed by the latest weekend of racing in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport after only being able to pick up eight championship points for Team Brazil at Sepang.

In perhaps the season's most thrilling race so far, Piquet started the 15-lap sprint from eighth on the grid following a difficult qualifying session held in mixed weather conditions.

After the traditional rolling start, he moved up to fifth after the first two corners, and then made a good overtaking manoeuvre on Team New Zealand for fourth. However, despite several technical problems over the remainder of the race, including an issue with the brakes, he retained his fourth place finish until the end to secure seven points for the team.

However the feature race proved to be more problematic as Piquet stalled at the start and dropped to the back of the field.

He pushed hard from the back of the grid to lie 13th by lap twelve and then ran as high as second during the pitstop period. He pitted himself on lap 20, emerging in 16th, with three cars ahead of him still to pit. He made three further overtaking manoeuvres and ended up finishing the race in tenth position, picking up the final point.

"I am not happy with what happened today," he admitted afterwards. "In the first race, we did an okay job but we had problems with the brakes. Then in the second race, I have no idea what caused the stall on the grid, and after that the car was difficult to drive. It's good we got points in both races, we were quite quick, and the pitstop was good, but we are now third in the championship. We have to work hard before Dubai in three weeks time."

Seat holder Emerson Fittipaldi admitted he was disappointed that the technical problem had prevented Piquet from fighting for the win in race two but said the team would be working hard to be back at the front for the next meeting, which sees A1GP head to the Middle East for the first time.

"In the first race Nelson had a problem with the brakes and we had to change the pads before the second race," he said. "He did really well though and would have been up at the front without the problem. In the second race it was a shame that he stalled on the start. It may be that there was a technical problem, we have to look at that. After the start, Nelson had a very good race, he was very fast and he got the fastest lap in the race. The team also did a very good job with the pitstop, it was quick so we just need to put everything together for the next race."

Brazil now lie third in the standings with 60 points, five behind Switzerland and 31 behind France who made it eight wins in a row with another double win in Malaysia.

 

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