Although they were claimed the fastest time in practice and proved amongst the pace setters in qualifying for the second round of the A1 Grand Prix at Brno, A1 Team Lebanon found themselves down at 13th on the grid after failing to get the best from their set-up.

A surprise frontrunner in morning practice, Graham Rahal gave Lebanon a good footing going into qualifying but, despite setting the second fastest time in the second of the four qualifying sessions, they were unable to translate that into a strong aggregate time, the team missing out on a maiden top ten grid slot as a result.

Indeed, Rahal, making his return to the team having missed the season opener at Zandvoort, blamed the quality of the competition on their disappointment, but nonetheless goes into the two races confident of breaking Lebanon's points duck.

"We've made improvements from where we were last year, but the field is a lot more closely matched this season and we need to settle down and figure out how to extract even more from the car," the Champ Car Atlantic star commented.

"With the race itself as our next time on track, it'll be tough for us to make further improvements, but we'll review everything tonight and see what we can do. The goal is to get some points for Lebanon. A top ten finish is definitely possible."



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