India finishes 13th in A1 Grand Prix

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Team India put up its best performance in three races so far to finish a creditable 13th in the Portugese A1 Grand Prix motor racing.

India finishes 13th in A1 Grand Prix

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Team India put up its best performance in three races so far to finish a creditable 13th in the Portugese A1 Grand Prix motor racing. It was also the first time that Team India finished the 36-lap feature race after disastrous outings in England and Germany. Armaan impresses The youngest driver in the circuit, Armaan Ebrahim, showed maturity in keeping his cool and building up the race lap by lap before making a blinding move with 8 laps to go. He finally whizzed past China to complete 36 laps of hard racing with a timing of 1:02:04:187. France's Alexandre Premat held on to the advantage of pole position to finish first while Switzerland's Neel Jani came second. Ralph Firman of Iran was the third to complete the race. Earlier, Team India started on the 17th grid based on their sprint race finish but effectively started the race from 22nd. Team India stalls At the start of the warm-up lap, the Indian team stalled on the grid and had to be pushed in to the pit lane by the marshals. The team re-started the car in the pit lane. Brazilian Nelson Piquet Junior and Jos Verstappen also stalled their cars on the grid at the beginning of the race and were pushed into the pit lane. Due to all this, Team India effectively started in the 22nd place. The team immediately changed its pit stop strategy and pitted in the very next lap when the safety car came out which proved crucial to the team later. India, which was led by Karun Chandhok in last two races, will now look to carry forward their encouraging show at Eastern Creek in Australia, the next stop in A1 GP. (PTI)

Topics : Formula 1 Michael Schumacher Giancarlo Fisichella Jenson Button Narain Karthikeyan Lewis Hamilton
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