Despite being named as one of the teams who would definitely be racing at Zandvoort, A1 Team Pakistan has elected to miss the opening rounds of the 2008/09 A1GP season in the Netherlands.

The team has its first-run with the Powered by Ferrari during testing at Snetterton but the Pakistan outfit found that the constraints of the chassis from a technical perspective compromised driver Adam Khan's safety in the car and the team reluctantly made the decision to delay their return to the track.

"I'm very disappointed not to be in the car," Khan, who also takes on the role of seat holder this season, said. "I was very determined to work round the technical problems so that I could drive, but it just wasn't possible. We're extremely sorry that we will not be racing in Zandvoort this weekend, but as I'm sure our fans will appreciate, safety is a priority in motor racing and in difficult circumstances we had no alternative but to delay the start of our season.

"I know that A1GP will work to rectify this situation and ensure that we'll be able to join for the second round. Fortunately there has been a recent rule change which allows a team to drop the scores from one event, so our overall World Cup of Motorsport campaign will not be compromised."