A1 Team France driver, Nicolas Lapierre has said that his pit-stop strategy was the key to his success in the feature race Sunday at Dubai.

Speaking following the two races, Lapierre, who spun in the sprint race, throwing away a podium place, added that his pit stop was not only perfect in the second race but it also came at the 'exact perfect time'.

"We had a really good car all weekend," he summed up.

"I really wanted very much to win the sprint race as it is so important for the feature. I started from the clean side of the track but Ireland managed to pass me and my car made contact with Ireland's as I had no where to go and I went wide slightly off the track. This did some damage to my car which affected its handling.

"[Then] three laps before the end, I still had two power boosts available and was still looking for an overtaking manoeuvre [and the fastest lap of the race]. But the track was very slippery and sandy and I spun right at the end. I kept the car running, but I dropped back down to seventh and I didn't have enough time to fight back.

"In the feature race I had a good first lap although I started from seventh. I chose not to come in during the first safety car period. Later on, my pit stop was perfect. The team called me in at the exact perfect time and I could push hard and could pull away from the others and closed in on Robbie Kerr.

"With 14 laps to go, Robbie Kerr was only 1.022 ahead of me. I was determined to finish the race on the first step of the podium and raced very hard. It was an exciting end to the race and I noticed that Kerr had some trouble braking and decided to push hard to pass him. I had to be careful and wait for the right time seven laps before the end of the race. We were then side by side. I had no trouble keeping my line and I was back in the lead.

"I'm delighted to add another win to our tally and it's great to finish on a high note in the last race having won from seventh position on the grid."

Jean-Paul Driot, team principal of A1 Team France, added: "I'm really happy with Nicolas Lapierre for scoring ten points in the feature race after a hard sprint race. What a race! I really can't say a lot more except congratulations to the team."

 

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