Al Team Brazil has announced that it will start its plans for the 2007/08 A1GP season by evaluating two young drivers during the official rookie test session at Snetterton.

Former Racing Engineering GP2 racer Sergio Jimenez, who contested three meetings for the team this season in the F1 support series, will get his first taste of A1GP machinery during the test at the high-speed Norfolk circuit, with the 23-year-old being joined at the wheel by teenager Clemente Faria Jr.

"I'm really happy to have been given this opportunity and I hope that it will end in me being involved with the team during the race season," Jimenez said. "I have some experience with the GP2 car as I did three race weekends and some tests, and the A1GP car is nearly the same in terms of power, so I don't think it will be a problem for me. I just need to learn how the series and team work, get comfortable in the car and do a good job."

Faria Jr is currently dominating the South American F3 Championship, having joined the series a few races into the 2006 season, stealing two race wins, two poles and six further podiums before launching into a full campaign this year.

"Brazil has dozens of good young drivers, so to be picked to represent my country makes me feel very honoured," the 19-year-old said. "I know it will be a huge challenge to drive a car with almost two times the horsepower of an F3, but I also know that Emerson and the rest of the team will help me. For sure there are other rookies, like Sergio Jim?nez, with experience of cars with more than 500bhp, and I will have to adapt quickly to make up for that. I'm really looking forward to getting in the car at Snetterton."

Team principal Emerson Fittipaldi said he was delighted to give the two youngsters the chance to test A1 machinery for the first time and was looking forward to seeing how they perform.

"I'm really pleased that we have this opportunity to test Sergio and Clemente at Snetterton," he said. "Both of them are well-respected young talents, and I am glad that I am in a position to be able to give them a shot at this. Clemente is very young but has shown great talent so far whereas Sergio has the more experience of the two, having driven GP2 this year.

"Both have shown a lot of promise and have been extremely successful in go-karting in Brazil, so I look forward to seeing how they perform in the A1GP car."

 

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