Nelson Piquet Jr has admitted a 'silly mistake' cost him two places on the grid during qualifying Saturday for the sixth round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations at Dubai.

The A1 Team Brazil driver, who will line up on the second row of the grid, in fourth place, reckons though that two podiums should be more than possible on Sunday. He was also thankful the team discovered an engine problem overnight something that had hampered him in practice on Friday.

"I am happy and disappointed at the same time," he noted. "We could easily have been second today, and maybe even pole. But at least we have sorted out the problems we had yesterday, we did a lot of big changes and we found a big difference.

"If we put our best sectors together we would have been pole. I did a silly mistake at the end, which lost us two places and we should have been second. There are two long races tomorrow and I will do my best. We can do two podiums easily, but I am fighting for wins. It's been too long since Brands Hatch now."

A1 Team Brazil boss, Emerson Fittipaldi meanwhile reckoned that Pakistan driver, Adam Khan, had hindered Piquet.

"It's a shame because Nelson lost out on the last lap. He lost a bit of time on the last sector, I think the Pakistan car slowed him down but we should have been second," Fittipaldi added.

"The car was consistent so at least we are back in business again. Tomorrow should be good."

 

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