Having bid a fond farewell to F1-bound Neel Jani, Team Switzerland welcomed on board Giorgio Mondini for the final two rounds of the A1 Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, but found themselves at the opposite end of the timesheets to what they have become accustomed to.

The only team with a chance of overhauling France, Mondini is hoping to keep Switzerland's faint hopes alive but with little experience of the car and the circuit, the MF1 Racing test driver also had to deal with the added element of poor weather, a combination of factors that saw him finish 18th out of the 22 runners.

However, Mondini was merely concentrating on getting as many laps under his belt in unfamiliar circumstances rather than setting his sights on France. "My first aim was to do the planned number of laps to get used to the car and the circuit," he said. "We did this 100 percent. But I have to say it is difficult to change from F1 to A1. For example the noise of the engine is much lower. So I couldn?t hear the exact timing for gear change.

"At the same time in some corners I was too high in gears and expected more torque. But after all I did some good progression and the car feels very good. Tomorrow we have to get everything together."

Team principal Max Welti respects the mammoth task being thrust upon Mondini this weekend. "Under difficult track conditions we had a quite reasonable session. Giorgio obviously has to adjust from F1 to A1 which is not easy. We continue working tomorrow to make this as easy as possible for him in order to progress a maximum for qualifying and the races."



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