A1 Team Germany ended the Silverstone A1GP test in the same place it finished the 06/07 season after Christian Vietoris posted the quickest ever A1 time during the final day of pre-season testing at the Northamptonshire venue.

Vietoris, who will take over from Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel this season, posted a time nearly half a second quicker than South African Adrian Zaugg managed on day one.

The main rival to Germany was A1 Team Great Britain, with Robbie Kerr's best time a quarter of a second slower, while third was A1 Team Switzerland with Sebastian Buemi at the wheel. All three set their times in the morning session, with the fastest of the afternoon being set by Great Britain, but this time with Oliver Jarvis at the wheel.

While the teams were all concentrating on getting their cars race prepared for the start of the season in the Netherlands in four weeks time, they also took the opportunity in front of to make various driver announcements.

After setting the quickest ever time by an A1GP car round Silverstone's International Circuit, 18-year-old Vietoris was a happy man.

"We are here for testing and at the end of the day it doesn't matter who is quickest," he said. "We have yesterday tried some things and also today, and we finished quite good. Being first is always a good start into the season and we have tried some good things and found some good solutions and I'm looking forward to it. It takes a bit of time and it's getting better and better."

Kerr, who had a first and a second in the final race of the 2006/07 season at Brands Hatch, was also happy with his first day behind the wheel.

"For me its my first day of testing," he said. "I only had this morning to go out there and test the car and see what its handling like and get use to it one again after Brands Hatch. Its great to be back in the A1GP car, to be second quickest is particularly good seeing as I only had this morning, and one set of tyres compared to the others that had more running time. I'm really looking forward to the start of the season and can't wait to get back in the car at Brno."

With the test going to plan, A1GP chief executive Pete da Silva said he was excited about the start of the season in a months time.

"It was fantastic to see all the national teams back out on track together for the first time since our Brands Hatch race," he said. "I was encouraged to see so much new, young talent testing with seasoned professionals. It's our responsibility within A1GP to ensure we capture that talent and give it the forum to be seen on a global platform.

"A huge part of testing was the unveiling of our new environmental policy, THINK Greener Racing, and I was delighted to welcome Peter Ainsworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment to Silverstone. It is all our duties to ensure that the message we have developed is promoted to our millions of fans worldwide."

 

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