Having been called up to take over from Nico Hulkenberg in A1 Grand Prix's rookie session earlier this year, Christian Vietoris will similarly replace the current points leader when the series reaches Mexico this weekend.

With Hulkenberg unavoidably absent to fulfil F3 commitments ahead of his season the Euroseries, Vietoris will make his debut at the Aut?dromo Hermanos Rodriguez in round nine of eleven. Despite rumours to the contrary earlier in the campaign, however, Hulkenberg will only miss this round, before returning to the cockpit for the remaining races in China and Great Britain, and Vietoris is determined to make the most of his one-off chance.

"Participating in two rookie sessions in the New Zealand and Australian rounds means I'm a little familiar with the A1GP racer already," he commented, "Nevertheless, the two races will be a real challenge.

"In the main race, I have to drive at the limit for 70 minutes, but I've never driven the car for such a long period. At least the former grand prix circuit is new to all the drivers, which is an advantage for me. This way, nobody has the benefit of being more familiar with this race track."

The 17-year old reigning Formula BMW world champion will go into the weekend defending a 30-point lead in the standings, and with Hulkenberg's record of eight victories and 99 points, and Germany's unbeaten 2007 record, but seat holder Willi Weber insists that there will be no undue pressure placed on the rookie's shoulders.

"Nico scored total wins on all of the past three race weekends, but we cannot expect Christian to match this immediately," he said, "We don't want to put him under pressure. In the rookie sessions, he demonstrated that he knows how to handle the car, so I just wish him two good races in Mexico. I'm sure that he's going to represent the German colours well."

 

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