When Michel Jourdain Jnr returns to the A1GP cockpit to make his Sepang debut this weekend, he will do so with thoughts of countryman Picho Toledano in his mind.

Toledano participated in pre-season testing for A1 Team Mexico with the expectation of joining the Mexican Junior Team, but a serious accident at the Ponce circuit in Puerto Rico has left him in hospital and out of competition for a while.

"Picho is currently in Indianapolis," confirmed executive vice-president of A1 Team Mexico Julio Jauregui, "and has undergone two lots of surgery. Last Wednesday was the first one due to his fractured right foot, and on Friday it was the second surgery on his left leg.

"From Malaysia, A1 Team Mexico and Michel Jourdain Jnr dedicate their performance to him and wish him to get well soon. In addition, the car will show a decal supporting this great young up-and-coming Mexican driver."

Turning his attentions to the action on-track, Jauregui said he had high hopes for World Touring Car Championship star Jourdain Jnr's second A1GP outing, after the 31-year-old got behind the wheel of the car for the first time last time out in Brno, with a best result of 13th place in the sprint race. More encouragingly, though, he set the fifth-fastest lap in the longer feature event.

"I think Michel's prior experience in formulas was the key to adapting himself quickly to the A1GP car in Czech Republic," Jauregui asserted, "and we hope that in Malaysia he will collect his first points representing Mexico.

"Time flies quickly; we are already in the third season and this Sunday will be our 50th A1GP race. The championship is better than ever, and with the coming of Ferrari cars developed by Michael Schumacher in 2008 I feel very pleased with the development of the series. I feel very proud to be participating in this international series with A1 Team Mexico."

 

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