Robert Wickens' repertoire is set to grow further after he was confirmed at Team Canada's lead driver for the next round of A1 Grand Prix at Sepang, replacing James Hinchcliffe in the seat.

Wickens tested for the team last time out at Brno during the rookie sessions and having impressed many by topping the timesheets, the team will promote him to a race seat in Malaysia.

It is the latest boost for the 18-year-old to come in a few weeks after the Red Bull-backed driver proved fast on his World Series by Renault debut for Carlin Motorsport at Estoril and Barcelona, the teenager having also finished third in the Champ Car Atlantic Series season.

"I'm ecstatic," Wickens expressed, "but I'll head into the weekend like any other and hopefully with a pair of strong performances in the Sprint and Feature races we'll open our points account for the season.

"It's quite easy to find the limit of the A1GP car fast, especially with the use of tyre warmers, you can really push immediately on track so my lack of seat time won't be an issue. Our package should be stronger in Malaysia thanks to the gap in the schedule.

"Everyone's been busy studying all the data from the first couple of races and with time to digest that information I'm confident that we'll enjoy a competitive outing at Sepang.'

Canada, who have won just one race in A1 GP over two seasons, have had a difficult start to the season, with Wickens' Atlantic rival Hinchcliffe failing to score in the first two meetings. Nonetheless, team manager Simon Cayzer is confident Wickens can rectify this on his debut.

"Robert was certainly impressive. Considering he had limited time in the car and didn't know the circuit he acquitted himself extremely well, especially in comparison to someone like Adam Carroll who was in a car with a similar set-up. It'll be good to work with Robert for a whole weekend.

"We don't feel our results to-date have been a true reflection of where the team's at so we're going to Malaysia intent on scoring two top-ten finishes. We've re-grouped since the last event, made some changes and we're feeling very positive heading into the next leg of competition."

 

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