Team Switzerland's already slim chances of stealing the A1 Grand Prix title have suffered a further setback after Giorgio Mondini could only manage 16th place in qualifying for the penultimate round at Laguna Seca.

With France lining up on the front row in second place, Switzerland are almost certainly set to concede the title in America with Mondini citing his lack of experience in the championship as the main reason for his lack of pace.

"My third lap time was quite okay but the other ones have been bad", commented Giorgio Mondini. "My last outing was supposed to be the best one but I made a mistake. On top of that I was hindered by Brazil. I was close behind their car and the driver braked very early for the first corner, so I lost time. P16 is very far away from my own and the car's possibilities. It's a shame.

"Nevertheless I have to realize that I cannot catch up in a few days the advantage the other guys have. Tomorrow I want to catch up some positions which will be very difficult as the track is very narrow."

Team principal Max Welti was also philosophical about the result. "Taking into consideration the limited practice time, Giorgio did some satisfying progress. Unfortunately he missed his last outing in order to grab the chance finishing in the top ten."



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