Having revealed that John Surtees was stepping down as team principal earlier in the month, Great Britain have confirmed that they will be forming a technical alliance with Portugal for this year's A1 Grand Prix.

Great Britain have worked in partnership with Canada in the last two seasons but will instead team up with Portugal in 2007/08, the latter claiming they have linked up with the British team for 'legal, logistical and technical perspectives'.

"We will continue to develop our best efforts in order to clinch the best possible results in this third season' said Luis Vicente, Team Principal of A1 Team Portugal.

"We consider the partnership with A1 Team Great Britain to be of the utmost importance, since they were one of the most consistent teams in terms of pace and results throughout the first two seasons."

Portugal meanwhile have confirmed that Joao Urbano will be their lead driver for the upcoming A1 GP season, replacing Alvaro Parente.

Urbano has competed in two races for Portugal and although he failed to star in either of those outings, the 22-year-old former Formula 3 Euroseries driver has the dull backing of Vicente.

"We firmly believe Joao Urbano is the ideal pick for the official driver slot. He is an extremely fast driver with previous knowledge of the car and will be exclusively focused in our A1GP challenge. Unlike what has been mentioned, Joao has always been our top pick.

"We will be granting the opportunity to a number of young drivers to take part in several rookie sessions throughout the season and will be announcing how the process will take place shortly."



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