To no-one's great surprise, Willi Weber was unveiled as the franchise holder for Germany's entry into the A1 Grand Prix series during this week's group test at Paul Ricard.

A1 Team Germany chose the second day of the test to officially announce Weber as its 'seat holder', despite the rumour mill having been in full effect for several weeks. Weber is best known today as manager to multiple F1 world champion Michael Schumacher and brother Ralf, but formerly ran a successful F3 team in his homeland. He was present during the Ricard test, but admitted that it had taken a trip to see A1GP in action before he was convinced to play a role.

"At the beginning, when I heard about A1 Grand Prix, I have to admit I was sceptical," the German revealed, "But now, after what we have seen today, and what I have seen in the past, I can see A1 Grand Prix is a fantastic series. I believe in the idea and it makes me very proud and happy to have the chance to be the team boss of A1 Team Germany."

Series founder Sheikh Maktoum welcomed both Weber and Germany to his burgeoning family, before revealing that the team would be one of the last few countries added to the entry before next month's opening round at Brands Hatch.

"It is fantastic that Germany is involved in the 'World Cup of Motorsport', particularly as it has such a great motorsport heritage - from the Silver Arrows to Michael Schumacher," he said, "I'm delighted to have Willi Weber on board, and I'm sure his country will be behind him, especially when we reach our second race at EuroSpeedway.

"A1 Grand Prix is a brand new concept and we have had very positive feedback after our test at Silverstone at the beginning of August. We have had many entry requests, but we decided to go as far as 25 countries by the start of the series on 25 September. As of today, 23 teams have been confirmed."

Series CEO Tony Teixeira used the official launch of the German team to confirm that the final two franchises would be revealed in the next few days to bring the Brands Hatch grid up to full capacity.



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