He may share a connection with the Schumachers, but step-brother Sebastian Stahl does not look as though he will be emulating them just yet after posting the slowest time on his debut for Team Germany in the A1 Grand Prix finale.

Struggling to get to grips with the car and circuit he is experiencing for the first time, Stahl has struggled throughout the weekend and as a result will start the first race from 22nd place.

The 27-year-old admits that his inexperience was a big factor but was full of praise for the series. "The lap times speak for themselves," he said,"I still lack experience in this fantastic racing series. On the one hand it can be seen in the difference to the leading cars, which I can't make up on a single weekend.

"Positive on the other hand is that big improvements are possible, as the improvement in my times during qualifying demonstrated. The team responded superbly to all my wishes and helped me a great deal with the set-up. We have to devise a good strategy for the sprint and feature race. As championship newcomer, my goal is obviously to finish both races and not to get involved in any hairy fights."

 

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