Adrian Sutil will return to the cockpit for A1 Team Germany at this weekend's sixth round in Dubai, taking over from stand-in Timo Scheider after having been forced to miss the Malaysian round through injury.

Sutil broke his right thumb in a collision at the fourth round in Australia on 6 November and, unable to continue his planned stay in the car at Sepang, had to hand the reins back to Scheider, who had started the season for Germany. The former DTM man picked up three points for an eighth?EUR"place finish, having flown in overnight from the FIA GT round in Dubai.

That flight may have proven worthwhile for Scheider, who will miss this weekend's A1 Grand Prix to attend the FIA awards ceremony in Monaco as potential winner of the FIA GT title, allowing Sutil to restart his A1 campaign.

"I?EUR(TM)m obviously really looking forward to climbing back into the cockpit," confessed the 22-year old F3 graduate, "I tested a GP2 car last week and realised just how well my thumb has healed.

"I'm sure that we can look forward to an excellent weekend of racing in Dubai. The circuit is ultra-modern, has excellent safety standards and has plenty of overtaking places but, since plenty of sand drifts across the circuit, the grip will be difficult to judge - and that should see more than enough thrills and spills in qualifying and the two races."

Team boss Willi Weber has just one wish for the halfway event in the A1 calendar, which runs exclusively during the northern hemisphere?EUR(TM)s 'winter' months, and has Dubai as the final event before the German team returns home for Christmas.

"We?EUR(TM)d like to bid farewell to the current year with a good result, and start the second half of the season, in Indonesia on 13 January, in top form," he said, "Unfortunately, during the first half of the season, we were deprived on more than one occasion of showing exactly what Team Germany is capable of, but this should be a thing of the past now."

 

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