After a tough baptism of fire in Mexico, Patrick Carpentier experience on the American racing scene was expected to get him and Team Canada at the forefront of the timesheets in the latest round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship in Laguna Seca.

However, far from matching fellow IRL star Bryan Herta by topping the practice session, Carpentier was plum last of the 22 runners having decided not to venture out on slick tyres as the session began to dry.

Having started with a wet session following a deluge of rain in the Monterey Peninsula in recent days, Carpentier chose to stay with his cut tyres in a bid to give him an extra pair of slicks should the track be dry for the two further practice sessions and qualifying.

"I didn't want to use up my slick tyres because the track was still pretty damp in places, especially with the river of water coming down parts of the hill and running on track," Carpentier said of his decision not venture out of quicker rubber.

"I'm hoping the set of the car that worked on today transfers in the dry, there's around three to four seconds difference here between running on slicks and wets. I think we'll be in good shape. If it rains them I'm pretty sure we'll still be competitive, that was certainly the case in Mexico last time round when the set-up worked in both conditions."



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