A1 Team Brazil has confirmed that Sergio Jimenez will lead the team into the opening four rounds of the new A1GP season, which kicks off this weekend in the Netherlands.

The former Racing Engineering GP2 driver has been given the nod due to the commitments already in place with Champ Car World Series racer Bruno Junqueira, who will race for Team Brazil in select events later in the season.

Jimenez will also take part in the rookie sessions until his validity ends, when other young drivers will be given the chance to impress and he admitted that he couldn't wait for the season to start.

"I'm really, really happy to have the support of Emerson and the team and to have been confirmed for these first four races," he said. "I completed three pre-season tests and I did well so I am satisfied with the way things are going. We have a good feeling in the team and have developed a good basic set-up for the car, and I am sure I can do a good job and meet the objectives of the team.

"It means a lot to me to be given this opportunity because it will be the first time I have been given a stable, solid run in single-seater racing. In both Spanish F3 last year and GP2 this year I was always unsure of the future, and this chance means all I have to do is focus on doing my job and not worry about external issues. All the tracks on the A1GP calendar will be new for me, but I will be working hard to prepare and make the most of this opportunity."

Team principal Emerson Fittipaldi said he was happy to welcome Jimenez into the team for the new season

"We have great drivers in Bruno and Sergio, and the fantastic thing about A1GP is that both of them can be a part of the team," he said. "As a team, we are extremely proud to have an established driver like Bruno committed to helping the team, and we are also proud to be able to allow younger Brazilian talents to shine.

"We have made the decision to run Sergio in the opening rounds of the championship because he is able to dedicate 100 per cent of his time to the cause, and he has impressed me in pre-season testing. It also means a lot to me to be able to hand a chance to someone that has perhaps been underestimated, or hasn't been able to show his true potential to an international audience because of a lack of funding.

"I believe that Sergio deserves this chance to shine and show his talent. I am very pleased with the work of all three drivers so far, as well as our new technical team. I am looking forward to a good season in which we can be competitive again - our only ambition is to go for the championship."

 

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