A1 Team Pakistan were one of the big losers on Saturday in Beijing as Nur Ali was left at the back of the field when qualifying for the third round of the A1GP season was cancelled.

After 25 minutes of action, the 90-minute long practice session, and the following qualifying session, were cancelled following problems with a manhole cover coming loose on the street circuit's racing line - with the starting positions for the sprint race being set by the practice times as a result.

Unfortunately for the Pakistan team, Ali had failed to set a representative lap-time and will now be on the back row of the grid alongside Nicolas Lapierre, who suffered mechanical problems in the French entry.

"It's disappointing to be in this position for the sprint race tomorrow," Ali admitted. "I know we could have found quite a bit more time in the car and I had just started to make some really big improvements when the session was red flagged.

"Obviously at the time the team didn't know that it was effectively a qualifying session. I wasn't pushing the car hard and was still trying to learn the limits of the circuit. But I'm confident that we will be able to improve from this position tomorrow and I can't wait to get out there racing. I hope we will have a result tomorrow that the whole of Pakistan can be proud of."

Chairman of A1 Team Pakistan Arif Husain shared the frustration of his driver in the way the day had panned out on circuit but said he hoped to do Pakistan proud on race day.

"Nur is doing a great job in only his third event for the team, and without the advantage of pre season testing," he said. "It's unfortunate that the team didn't have the time to work on a qualifying set up, but all teams are in the same position. I'm confident that we will still be able to put on a good show at this unique race venue tomorrow for the people of Pakistan."

 

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