Team Switzerland followed on from a promising debut at Zandvoort with another hard-earned point in the second round of the 2006-07 A1GP series, as a determined Sebastien Buemi fought back in the feature race to score a tenth-place finish.

The Formula Three Euro Series ace qualified ninth for the sprint race in Brno following Great Britain's demotion, and grabbed eighth position on the opening lap, which he then held all the way to the chequered flag.

This performance helped the 17-year-old to secure ninth again on the feature race grid. A poor start cost Buemi a number of places, but he was making solid progress back through the pack until he caught the Team Brazil car of Tuka Rocha, losing valuable seconds.

However, a canny tactical ploy to give Buemi a late pit-stop paid off, allowing Sebastien to lead the race in the laps preceding his stop and rejoin in 13th place, from where he picked off Lebanon, South Africa and Brazil one-by-one in a strong showing to clinch tenth spot at the flag.

"The start of the sprint race was very hectic," Buemi said afterwards. "As soon as the lights went out I was sandwiched between two cars and could therefore neither overtake on the right nor on the left, and the team in front of me braked very hard which made me lose a position.

"However, I took advantage of the incident between Team Germany and New Zealand at the first corner and gained one place. After that the car was a bit off the pace and therefore it was not possible to overtake.

"I had a very bad start in the second race and lost three places. Then I lost a considerable amount of time behind Team Brazil and I was still struggling with a recurring problem of vibrations. However, near the end, I was able to equal the times of the fastest drivers which was positive."

"Finishing tenth is obviously not the position we were aiming for," added team principal Max Welti. "However, I was hoping Sebastien would improve over the duration of the whole race and this happened in a considerable way.

"At the beginning, he was far from the pace of the fastest drivers but then he improved so much and ended up nearly as quick as them. This gives us a lot of hope for the future races and credit is due to such a young and talented driver. I am happy as he develops in the right direction.

"We had our final race team together for the first time this weekend and I would like to congratulate the guys for a very professional job over the weekend and one of the fastest pit-stops on Sunday."

 

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