Nineteenth place on the grid wasn't want five-time Champ Car race winner Patrick Carpentier wanted as he made his debut in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, but things didn't go quite to plan in Mexico.

Carpentier, who replaces Indonesia race winner Sean McIntosh on driving duties for in the white and red car, opened up his A1 Grand Prix account with the seventh fastest time in the wet first practice session on Friday but followed that with the seventeenth quickest next time out. Saturday's dry running saw the fourteenth fastest time in practice, but a lowly 19th after the four session qualifying.

"Things didn't go as I had hoped today," mused Carpentier. "On my second run I went off at the first corner which was frustrating as I was on fresh rubber for the first time this weekend. After that the car was a little too loose for my liking.

"We put on another set of new tires for my last run and I set a lap in the 1m23s which if I'd been able to put two laps together like that then we'd have been up there but it didn't work out that way. We'll see what tomorrow brings, we have the Sprint and Feature races to go for points."



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