Ammermuller: 'Title not over yet'

Ammermuller: 'Title not over yet'

14 December 2007 – A1 Team Germany racer Michael Ammermuller has refused to give up on his team's title chances this season, despite its precarious position in this season's championship rankings.

Germany, who dominated the series in 2006/07, has had a dismal start to this season's campaign, scoring only 14 points. It currently lies 11th in the championship table, 47 points behind championship leader Switzerland.

Ammermuller hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when he made his A1GP debut in Malaysia last month, where he was penalised three times for separate collisions with other cars.

However, he has vowed to bounce back from the disappointment of having his Sprint race podium taken away afterwards by the race stewards, and is not ruling out a late championship challenge. 'You can do nothing about the decision of the stewards,' Ammermuller said. 'I still don't know why I got the penalties but I can't do anything now.

'For sure the title is still possible, but it is getting more and more difficult. But the others will still have some bad races and we could have some good races, so everything is still possible.

'For me, it is important to make good positions and get podium finishes. I started this season late and it is not 'my' championship in the end, it is the team's. I have just to score my points and get some good results.'

The 21-year-old is bullish about scoring a podium finish in Zhuhai this weekend, and is unconcerned what people will think of him following the incidents in Sepang.

'I don't care how other people look at me, it is just important to score points and get good positions,' he added. 'I don't want to stay behind other drivers the whole race long - you have to attack and try and pass in racing. I'm quite confident for this weekend in Zhuhai and a top-three finish should be possible. We showed last race we had good pace, and if we improve again this weekend we must be in the top three.

'The races will be easier for us than Sepang because nobody knows this track, so we will all start with the same experience.'

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