Having seen Switzerland and the Netherlands stunt its recent 100 per cent record in A1 Grand Prix events, A1 Team France heads to the eighth round at Indonesia's Sentul circuit aiming to re-establish its hold over the series.

GP2 rivals Alex Premat and Nicolas Lapierre have pushed the French team into a dominant points position at the head of the A1 championship, but both have suffered disappointing results in the past two rounds in Dubai and Durban, allowing Neel Jani and Jos Verstappen to claim a win apiece for their national teams. Now, with a 27-point cushion over closest challenger Switzerland, Lapierre will be back behind the wheel and aiming to turn the screw as the series makes its delayed visit to Indonesia, originally postponed after the death of the ruler of Dubai.

"There's still quite a way to go in the championship and, even though we're leading, we must not be complacent," team boss Jean-Paul Driot insisted, "To have taken ten wins already may have made it look easy, but it isn't. We will remain completely focused and work as hard as ever to extend our advantage in the championship. It won't be easy in Sentul, as the track will be tough on the cars and drivers, but we are determined to continue our winning streak."

Lapierre will be new to the track, as will most of his rivals, this weekend, but he sees no reason why France cannot continue its winning ways.

Like nearby Malaysia, Indonesia is expected to be a sultry host, but the young Frenchman is not overly concerned by the impending conditions.

"We will continue to do our best and put on a great show for the Indonesian public," Lapierre said, targeting France's eleventh and twelfth wins of the year, "I've been studying the track, and its eleven turns, and there are a lot of high-speed corners. It also looks like Sentul will be very physically demanding because of the heat and humidity, but I'm feeling very fit and ready to race."

 

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