In-form Jos Verstappen has marked himself out as a possible contender for race honours for the penultimate round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship at Laguna Seca by managing an impressive third place in practice, despite having never driven at the Californian circuit before.

Slotting in behind Bryan Herta and Salvador Duran, both having had driven the circuit before, the Team Netherlands pilot actually led for the majority of the session before being eventually overhauled by the American and the Mexican drivers.

With an eye of third place in the championship, Verstappen was pleased to have finally gotten onto the circuit following a week in which the Laguna Seca round had been originally in doubt following terrible weather in the surrounding mountains.

"It's a nice start of the weekend," he said. "After some delay we were finally able to go out and drive, on a very nice track. It's too bad though that there still were some wet spots on the track. There was quite a bit of sand on the track. The car felt good straight away and I had to learn the circuit.

"It's not too easy to learn this track, because you have some blind corners. It's looking good. We have to wait and see how tomorrow will be, the question is if it will stay dry. We can have a good race again here. I like this track, it's very nice. We can still improve on a number of points and go faster."

Team boss Jan Lammers was also content with the session result, especially considering it being Verstappen's debut at the circuit. "From the drivers who didn't know the track Jos was by far the quickest, the two who were in front of him both have got experience here. I'm very pleased. Now we have got the difficult task to at least keep this momentum and hopefully improve on this tomorrow."



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