Although the team wasn't ready to take part in qualifying at Zandvoort, A1 Team Brazil will take part in the opening rounds of the new A1GP season in the Netherlands after getting the car ready to race.
The team was one of the last ones to receive its cars in time for the weekend, but like Team China, was unable to take part in qualifying as work continued to get the car ready to race.
It meant teenager Felipe Guimaraes spent his day watching on the sidelines and won't get chance to drive the car until Sunday morning practice but he admitted he couldn't wait to race.
“I know we are racing tomorrow with a disadvantage to some teams and drivers who have already run in the new car,” he said, “but that is the situation so I have to adapt to the car as quickly as possible, give valuable information to my engineer and find a competitive set-up. I have very experienced people behind me and our expectation is to be in the front group in the first races.”
Team principal Emerson Fittipaldi admitted he too couldn't wait for race day ahead of what he expects to be the best season of A1 competition to date.
“I'm sure this season will be the best yet, both in terms of A1 Team Brazil and the series overall,” he said. “I am proud to have Felipe as our driver this year as he is one of the brightest talents to have appeared on the Brazilian motor racing scene in the last few years. We have renewed our partnership with Banco Sofisa and have a strengthened engineering team. The new A1GP Powered by Ferrari cars are fantastic and I am sure we are going to see some great races and great overtaking. The arrival of Andretti Green with A1 Team USA is a coup for A1GP and shows how the series is respected by some of the biggest names in the business."