Pakistan has revealed that it will make its first outing of the Powered by Ferrari era when the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport heads to Portugal for the sixth round of the season.
The team has yet to appear this season after concerns about driver Adam Khan's comfort behind the wheel forced the team to miss the opening round of the year – with the team sitting on the sidelines as it made modifications to the car.
However, with the modifications complete, Khan was able to complete three days of running at the Phakisa Freeway circuit in South Africa and improved his lap-times over the course of the test as team worked on the set-up of the car.
“It's been a long wait for me to have a car which I could safely and comfortably fit, but it's been worth it,” Khan enthused. “I really enjoyed the handling of this new A1GP Powered by Ferrari car, and I was gaining confidence throughout the test. It was a very smooth running test and with the excellent reliability we had, we were able to quickly move on to developing our performance.
“Unfortunately we're a long way behind the other teams now, as they have completed four race weekends and that's given them plenty of time to understand the complexity of the car, its handling characteristics and setup development. We elected not to contest the South African round, but we'll be racing again at the next round in Portugal.”
Team manager Les Jones admitted that the decision to miss the Kyalami race weekend had been the correct one to allow the team to carry out extra testing, and said he was now ready for the team to start racing.
“Our build programme for this new car has been severely delayed and has left us at a considerable disadvantage with the lack of track time that we've had, so it is the right decision to sit out the next round and continue our test programme before racing again,” he said. “This initial test was very productive and I'm very pleased with what we've achieved.
“Our test programme with Adam was the focus for the three days. Adam and John [Gentry – engineer] have quickly established a good working relationship, which is a very important aspect of any top motor racing team. The whole team worked very hard to pull the programme together this week and their efforts were rewarded with excellent mechanical reliability.”