On the weekend where they are almost certain to clinch the first ever A1 Grand Prix Championship, Team France opened their Laguna Seca account with a strong fifth place in practice.

With Switzerland being the only team that can now catch France and Giorgio Mondini struggling on his A1 debut, Nicholas Lapierre needs only a respectable result to put the series out of reach their DAMS counterparts and having already managed 13 wins this year, it is going to take a lot for that not to happen.

Having to endure a wet surface on a circuit that he has never experienced before, Lapierre eventually switched to slick tyres and managed to get his car into fifth place.

"We started the session on wet tyres, because it was too slippery for slicks," the GP2 driver stated. "After a few laps it was possible to go for slicks and we changed the tyres. I mainly concentrated on learning the track which is quite interesting. Everything went fine and now we are ready for more work tomorrow."

 

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