Sebastien Buemi has been called upon again to represent Switzerland in the coming round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship after Neel Jani was forced out after picking up a freak injury.

Indeed, Jani was set to return to the seat for the next round at Eastern Creek, the team hoping his experience of racing in Australia last year would give them the upper hand over their rivals.

However, having conducted testing with PKV in Champ Cars this week, Jani got his hand trapped in a car door, causing an injury that will not heal before the race.

Nonetheless, Switzerland have an admirable replacement to call upon in the shape of Buemi, who claimed a fourth and fifth place finish for the team last time out at Taupo, a result that moves them to joint seventh in the standings.

However, while Taupo was new for all drivers, Buemi understands that Eastern Creek will arguably present a greater challenge as he will be up against drivers who have raced there before.

"It is quite a responsibility because I have never seen the track before and it will be my first time in Australia as well. I had a quick look at the layout of the track before repacking my suitcase. What I've seen so far on the videos from the race last year is interesting and the circuit looks really like it has a good mix of fast and slow corners.

"But it's difficult for me to guess how much grip the track will have until I am out there. I'll be one of the few drivers who won't know the track from last year. It feels really good to know I'll be driving again."

Marcel Fassler meanwhile will again assume testing duties for the team.

 

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