Sebastien Buemi battled back from a penalty after qualifying to secure a points finish on his debut for A1 Team Switzerland as the second season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport kicked off at Zandvoort.

Scrutiny after qualifying showed Buemi had run with only one rear anti-roll bar canister in the session, instead of the required two. Although this gave the team no benefit in performance, Buemi slipped to eleventh as a result after losing his quickest time.

The youngster managed to make up a place in the race to start the feature from eleventh place, although he stalled at the start of the formation and was hit by Team Malaysia driver Alex Yoong, leaving the Swiss car nursing damaged suspension for the remainder of the race.

However Buemi managed to regain his position on the grid on time for the start, although he was given a drive-through penalty for not starting from the back of the grid. Buemi dropped down the order as a result but he moved up the order when the team timed its pitstops to perfection to leave the Swiss driver in touching distance of a podium position. A late mistake saw him go off into the gravel, but he recovered to finish eighth and posted the quickest lap of the race in the process.

"I had a reasonable start in the sprint race and I have managed to gain one position but then, I could not pass the two teams in front of me as the only good place to overtake on this circuit was still a bit wet and it would have been too risky," he said. "I am really disappointed with the result of the feature race.

"I stalled in the formation lap, started again and went back to my position. But then, I was given a drive through penalty for that. I fought really hard to come back to the front and took advantage of the rain. It is really a shame that I made this mistake at the end as otherwise I could have finished on the podium. I have learned a lot this weekend and I am looking forward now to Brno."

 

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