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Qualifying for the two final A1GP races at Brands Hatch didn't quite go as planned for the Swiss team. With grid positions eight (sprint) and four (feature race), the situation for the battle for the title in the World Cup of Motorsport isn't excellent - and even less so bearing in mind that Ireland will be on pole both times. Portugal, the third title candidate, didn't do any better with fifth and ninth place.
"I am not too disappointed", said Neel Jani. "In the practice sessions, it became apparent that we weren't entirely competitive here. The understeering of the car and the loss of time in slow corners obviously have their effect on a single qualifying lap. Now, the only thing to do for us in the race is driving with maximum attack. Maybe, a suitable strategy will also allow us to catch up a little bit."
"It's important to realise that I didn't lose one single point to anybody else yet", Filipe Albuquerque told A1GP.com. "Yes, my odds are shorter because with two pole positions Ireland have the best chance. But tomorrow we have two long races. The first will be hard because there isn't much time but anything can happen as we all saw in the Algarve. Everything happened in the Feature race. We still have tomorrow; I need to believe about tomorrow.
"Crashes can happen, it is easy to make a mistake on this track, if you just go a little too wide you could spin. So Adam will keep his eyes on us and he will stay very informed but the pressure is now on him. We will focus as best we can and see what comes. I am not giving up, although I am realistic."
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