Jos Verstappen's struggles for grip continued in the four session qualifying for the A1 Grand Prix in Mexico with the Team Netherlands driver ending up with seventh place on the grid for the Sprint race.

Verstappen had a mixed time of it through the practice sessions on Friday, setting the 14th fastest time in the first session then improving to eleventh, but still far from where the former F1 man and South Africa A1 Grand Prix race winner wanted to be.

Saturday's practice session was far better with Jos setting the third fastest time, with only eventual pole sitter Stephen Simpson for Team South Africa and Ralph Firman for Team Ireland quicker.

As a contrast to Friday's running, Saturday was sunny, but the Dutchman endured a similar lack of grip. Verstappen went out on used tyres for the first of the four sessions and ended in fifteenth place. After the second run, on new tyres, he was up to eighth. The third run saw Jos move up further to sixth but he dropped back one place after the final session had taken place.

"In general we are fairly pleased, but it can always go better," sasid Verstappen. "We just didn't go any faster. There was still not enough grip. We will set up the car a bit different for tomorrow and we hope that this will improve our performance."

Team Netherlands seat holder Jan Lammers agreed that there was time to be found in the set-up. "We have improved the car quite a bit compared to yesterday. We took a few steps forward, but also a few steps back," explained Lammers.

"For tonight we think that we are able to find the right compromise. If we make a good guess there, we should be better tomorrow. The first race always is difficult, because you cannot really overtake. In the second race there are more possibilities, also with the pitstop. But overtaking here will be more difficult then for instance in Sentul and Durban. So, it will be fairly difficult."



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