Team Great Britain principal John Surtees has said he is pleased to be able to give Katherine Legge the chance to become the first female driver to set foot in an A1GP car, after the news that the 25-year-old will drive the second GB car in Dubai next weekend.

Legge, who became the first woman to win a major open-wheel race in North America on her way to third place in the Toyota Atlantic championship in 2005, will get the chance just a matter of weeks after she took part in the last ever test for the Minardi F1 team - becoming the first female driver since Giovanna Amati back in 1992 to take part in a full F1 test.

Legge will take part in the additional test sessions scheduled for the Dubai meeting and will assist Team GB with the running in of a new car and engine, while also giving Surtees and his team the opportunity to assess another potential driver to add to the current line-up of Robbie Kerr and Alex Lloyd.

"I'm very pleased to be bringing a first to both A1 Team Great Britain and A1 Grand Prix by having a female driver in the car," Surtees said. "It's by no means a first for Surtees which has at various times run ladies such as Davina Galica, Lella Lombardi and Desire Wilson in F1 cars.

"Katherine was one of the drivers on our list that we couldn't test before the season so we're taking the opportunity of the extra sessions in Dubai to assess her in the car. By doing so we have the chance of broadening our driver line-up and strengthening the team."

 

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