A1 Team Germany will make its first appearance of the new A1GP season as the series heads to South Africa for the fifth round of the season.
The former champions have yet to appear in the Powered by Ferrari era after undergoing a series of behind the scenes changes but there will be one constant this weekend at Kyalami with Michael Ammermuller continuing at the wheel for the team.
The 23-year-old admitted he can't wait to get behind the wheel of the new Powered by Ferrari car for the first time in the Gauteng event and said that with the pressure off, he was looking to get the team into a position where it can fight for regular podium finishes.
“Now we are here and I am very happy because the new A1GP car looks a lot better than last year's,” he told the official A1GP website. “It will be very interesting for a driver to race with this car, and also the new tracks this season mean that A1GP is something special. It is not the same as racing in Europe with Formula 3 or something, this is a lot more fun to me.
“It will be quite a difficult learning curve; we will see when we get the car ready. I will need to get used to the car but we will have enough time to learn how it works. If we are lucky and get the right set up we can do a good job. We don't have any pressure on us because we are not fighting for the championship; it is very difficult to get in to the season when you start from the middle. This weekend will be difficult for us to fight for the win. We'll see how it goes and then we can improve every race, so the target will be to get better every race weekend and at the end of the season be on the podium.”
Ammermuller did concede however that one advantage for the German squad would be the fact that Kyalami is making its debut on the A1 calendar – ensuring that each of the teams will have a blank sheet of paper when it comes to data and set-up
“Yes, sure it helps a lot, because we have no experience and if we are at a track we had raced at before, all the other teams would all have telemetry data to start from,” he said. “We are starting from zero and all the other teams start from zero on this track, so this makes it a lot easier for us.”