The French Team topped the times at Silverstone as the A1GP squads pounded the tamac in the first proper test for the series, and one of the drivers behind the wheel over the two days, Alexandre Premat, has revealed he should be involved for its inaugural year, even if he did find the driving experience rather bizarre at first.

Premat, currently in fourth place in the GP2 championship, capped a busy few weeks where he raced in eight races in four meetings in the space of five weeks by testing the Lola-built, Zytek V8-powered A1GP car for his national squad at Silverstone.

"The chance to get to know this formula was proposed to me by DAMS, when the first test sessions took place on the Silverstone circuit," explains Premat.

"I took the car out for a little seven lap trial run, after Lo?c Duval had worked on the DAMS team car in the first day. I have to say, my first impression was mixed... that car had bizarre handling!

"On the other hand everything went perfectly the next day; we made several changes to the initial setup and the pleasure of driving quickly outweighed the first day's surprise. Chassis, engine, everything is reliable and competitive, and the Lola Zytek is a good car, even though it is largely below the performance levels that can be reached in GP2.

"Gradually, we made good progress and I especially appreciated the work of the DAMS team and their approach, which helped me feel at ease and to gain confidence behind the wheel. I was fast on worn tyres, then I gained 1.2 seconds on new tires, to set the best time of the day after only 35 laps. So it was an excellent start to whet the appetite."

Premat also reveals he could be part of the championship, which, because of its winter schedule, does not overlap the GP2 Series. "That would be the best way to stay in shape and keep the feel for driving before starting the 2006 season! I was drawn to the formula and by the DAMS team, and so yes, if everything works out, we will be together for the first A1GP Championship."

 

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