It may have been rumoured for some weeks, but A1 Team Switzerland has finally confirmed that it is to give 21-year old Rahel Frey an outing as the team's rookie driver at the Malaysian round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport this weekend.

Frey, who has been most recently racing in the new Formula Master series, will become only the fourth female driver to be part of A1GP - after Britain's Katherine Legge, South African Jennifer Murray and Swiss compatriot Natacha Gachnang - when she heads to Sepang to take part in Friday's two practice sessions, before veteran Neel Jani takes over for qualifying and Sunday's two races.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to represent my country," Frey admitted, "I can't wait to see what I can do to help Neel and A1 Team Switzerland.

"I never thought I would another great chance to drive again so soon, so I am determined to make this Malaysia Grand Prix weekend a positive one. My goal eventually is to become the first female driver to win in this series, just as I did in Formula Renault 2000 at Dijon in 2004. I am not afraid of the challenge of the rookie session to learn the new car and track very quickly in what will probably be very difficult weather conditions."

Along with sometime F3/Star Mazda racer Gachnang, who made her rookie appearance at Brno last month, Frey was identified by Team Switzerland principal Max Welti as worthy of a try-out following pre-season testing at Silverstone.

"I'm very pleased to be bringing the second of the two ladies that we tested at Silverstone and to have a female driver in the car again," former Sauber man Welti commented, "Rahel is very impressive and I'm confident she will make a major contribution to our team in Malaysia."



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