Brazil have confirmed their driver line-up for the upcoming official test for the new A1 Grand Prix season, with Raphael Matos and Sergio Jimenez assuming duties behind the wheel.

It will be Brazil's third attempt at the title and although they finished a disappointing 18th in last season's standings having managed two wins on the way to sixth in their rookie year, the Emerson Fittipaldi-led team have high hopes with Matos and Jimenez set to head the charge.

It will be a return to the A1 cockpit for Matos, who completed a handful of outings in the car last season, scoring their season best result of sixth at Beijing.

However, having been inexperienced a year ago, Matos now comes back to the team clutching the Champ Car Atlantic title, the 25-year-old having scored a total of six wins on the way to a dominant victory. He is hoping the confidence he has since gained will benefit him this time around.

"I'm definitely looking forward to testing this week. It's really good to be back in A1GP. Last year I was able to learn a lot about the car and this year we have a much stronger team together so hopefully we can put all the pieces together.

"The performance can be there, we just need to develop the car as best as we can and get some good results and I think we have a good chance to do that this year. I have a lot of confidence from winning the Champ Car Atlantic championship this year. Although it's a completely different car, I have the same approach no matter which racing car you put me into. I will work hard and try to develop the car."

Jimenez meanwhile got his first taste of the car when he tested it at Snetterton two weeks ago, the 23-year-old, who completed a few races for Racing Engineering in GP2 earlier this year, also pleased to be returning to action.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Emerson and the team this week at the test. I hope to learn a lot and help as much as I can. I was very honoured to be invited to test at Snetterton and I think I did a good job. A1GP is a great window to the racing world, so I hope I can perform well. I don't know Silverstone very well, but I hope to adapt quickly and I'll do my best to help the team."

Hopes are high for team principal Fittipaldi, who insists the third year of A1 GP will see Brazil at the forefront again, not least because Champ Car World Series front runner, Bruno Junqueira, is also likely to be involved again following his brief debut last season.

"We have high expectations for the third season of A1GP, not only for Team Brasil, but for the series as a whole. In terms of Brasil, we have a new technical team this year, which is very experienced and successful and we are working hard to get the season off to a good start. We have a group of drivers with great talent and potential.

"We have Rafa and Sergio at this test, and Bruno Junqueira, who will probably join us at the next test. They are all drivers that can work closely with us as a team and give good technical feedback to help us develop."

 

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