The penultimate weekend of racing in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport proved to be one to forget for Team Brazil after Christian Fittipaldi failed to score in either race at Laguna Seca - all but handing Team GB third place in the championship standings.

After a difficult qualifying day, in which the team struggled to find a good set-up, Christian Fittipaldi lined up 19th on the grid for the 30-minute sprint race - which was held in treacherous conditions after heavy rainfall led to a slippery track and restricted visibility from the resulting spray.

Using his knowledge of the Laguna Seca circuit to full effect, Fittipaldi worked his way up the order and was lying in twelfth position on lap ten before contact with the Team Netherlands car of Jos Verstappen halted his charge and left Brazil with a 13th place finish.

Weather conditions had improved by the one-hour sprint race, and it appeared that Brazil has played conditions just right as the team started the race on slick tyres - one of only three teams to do so. However technical problems throughout the race prevented Fittipaldi from challenging and he was forced to retire on lap 20 - bringing a frustrating weekend to a disappointing end as Kerr scored solid points for Team GB with just one meeting left to run.

"Unfortunately we've had problems all weekend, it's definitely been a weekend to forget," Fittipaldi said afterwards. "We were doing well in the first race, we should have finished in the top eight, but then we had gearbox problems. In the second race we had the perfect strategy by starting on slicks, then we had a slow pitstop and after that we had the gearbox problems again although it was actually an electrical problem that put us out. We just have to move on and think about China now."

Team principal Emerson Fittipaldi was equally disappointed with the way the weekend had developed.

"We had an electrical problem in the second race and we had to stop," he said. "We started to have gearbox problems in the warm-up when Christian could not go down in gear, and then the same thing happened in the race. It's not been a good day but now we have to work on the car for Shanghai."

 

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