France have once again dipped into the nation's burgeoning pool of talent for the next round of A1 Grand Prix after announcing that youngster Jean-Karl Vernay will make his debut for the team in Mexico.

Taking the place of the committed Loic Duval in the team, Vernay is one of a myriad of impressive young French drivers emerging through the country's FFSA driver programme, a status that will see him graduate to the Formula Three Euroseries with Signature in 2007 having been French Formula Renault runner-up last season.

For the moment though, Vernay will join France for the next round of A1 GP, despite having never driven one of the fearsome 550bhp Lola machines, the 19-year-old joining Germany's Christian Vietoris as making his race debut this weekend.

Nonetheless, despite Vernay's lack of running, team boss Jean-Paul Driot is confident their prot?g?, who is also backed by Red Bull, will perform to expectations over the weekend.

"Thanks to the support of the FFSA and its President Jacques R?gis, I am delighted that Jean-Karl Vernay, member of the circuit FFSA France's team, can begin in Mexico in the A1 World Cup of Nations.

"I am sure that despite his lack of experience of such a car, he will be able to show all qualities that he already showed us in Campus and Renault Formula. In France, we need to promote new young talents and we are happy to offer them this opportunity with the A1 GP."

 

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