Switzerland saw their hopes of challenging for victory in the first race of the new A1 Grand Prix season at Zandvoort take a blow when they were docked their fastest qualifying time for failing to comply to technical regulations.

Performing this weekend with youngster Sebastien Buemi, last season's runners-up were expected to be one of the form teams weekend, proving as much when they record fifth place on the grid.

However, scrutiny after qualifying discovered the team ran with only one rear anti-roll bar canister, instead of the required two. Although this gave the team no benefit in performance, the governing body emphasised the importance of ironing out such oversights by docking them their fastest time, the team slipping to eleventh as a result.

Nonetheless, despite their set back, Buemi was pleased with his performance on his A1 debut around a circuit he is familiar with having already driven at Zandvoort twice this season in the Formula Three Euro Series.

"I am really pleased about my result for my first time out with this car," he said prior to the penalty. "My aim is to get better. This is why I am not satisfied to have lost a couple of seconds in my third outing. I realise now that I could have pushed more.

"I made a slight mistake that cost me a few places. But for a start, it is not too bad. I need practice and more experience in this series. To start the sprint race from the third row is not bad. My aim is to finish the race. I will make sure to have a good start and get to where I need to be."

Buemi will be sharing his seat with Neel Jani when the Scuderia Toro Rosso test driver finishes his duties with the Formula One team.



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