A1 Team Switzerland seat holder Max Welti is 'almost certain' to put at least one of the team's two female testers into a full-time rookie role this season after Rahel Frey and Natacha Gachnang both spent time at the wheel during testing at Silverstone.

Frey currently competes in the International Formula Master series with Jenzer Motorsport while Gachnang is experienced at F3 level, winning in the Austrian F3 championship. She was also a front-runner in the German Formula BMW championship.

Due to Zandvoort's noise restrictions, there will be no rookie session at the opening meeting when the season kicks off next weekend, but it is likely that one of the pair will get the chance to drive in the Friday session for the second meeting of the campaign at Brno after impressing during the Silverstone test.

"I'm impressed that both of them had a very similar and quite a professional approach," Welti said. "I was very impressed by the fact that they both did more or less that identical lap times and of course I'm pleased they stuck to what we agreed in that they put themselves under a bit of pressure but not stupidly so.

"I told them to go as quick and as safely as possible but to definitely not to destroy the car. We will now sit together with the engineers tonight to get a closer look at what they did today and then we will decide, under normal circumstances, who will start the rookie session in Brno - although it will be difficult because they were so evenly matched."

A decision on the full driver line-up for Switzerland at Zandvoort is likely to come later this week.

 

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