He may have not been on driving duties for Team Canada in Malaysia, but James Hinchcliffe was still busy at Sepang after he was asked to fill the roll of pit-lane reporter for the international TV feed.

The 20-year-old, who already acts as a co-commentator for the Champ Car World Series on Eurosport, spent the weekend busily chasing comments from people up and down the paddock and he admitted it had been an enjoyable experience.

"I have to say it was really cool to get the opportunity," he said. "I'm grateful to A1GP for giving me the chance to help out. They knew I was going to be in Malaysia with A1 Team Canada but wouldn't be racing so they asked if I'd be interested in reporting from the pits and giving my insight when required on what it's like to race an A1GP car.

"Obviously it's a little different from what I do for the Champ Car commentaries when I'm in a booth and remote from the action but armed with things like timing screens. Last weekend it was a case of being live on the ground in pit-lane and trying to stay on top of what's happening on-track without the aid of monitors or people passing you pieces of information. It was certainly a bit different being there from that perspective and looking for the story but it was a lot of fun!"

While Hinchcliffe worked the pits, Canada fielded series rookie Robert Wickens at Sepang, the 18-year-old subsequently scoring the team's first podium and points in the Sprint race.

"We knew the first couple of events for Canada would be tough as the new team came together pretty late," Hinchcliffe continued. "We did pretty well all things considered but we knew we'd benefit from the break between Brno and Sepang. The whole team, spearheaded by Simon Cayzer, did a lot of work on the car and we definitely showed up in Malaysia with a much stronger package.

"Robbie did a fantastic job all weekend, in particular with his qualifying effort for the sprint race. He really deserved that podium and I'm happy we've now got points on the board and a platform to build on."

 

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