Katherine Legge might have made history by becoming the first female driver in the A1 Grand Prix series, but her input to Team Great Britain's first day effort in Dubai could see her invited back for further outings, according to team boss John Surtees.

Legge's two 20-minute sessions were taken up with running in a new engine and bedding in new brakes, so it wasn't sheer speed that caught the former world champion's interest. However, an intelligent drive to get the best from a new engine and her valuable feedback on the handling of the car, helped both Legge's own ambitions as well as regular driver Robbie Kerr's performance in recording the fourth best time of the two one-hour official practice sessions.

"Katherine did absolutely everything that was asked of her," Surtees noted, "She didn't have an easy task coming to drive an unfamiliar car on a new circuit and, obviously, the times were relatively slow to start with because of the sand on the track. By the time we'd gone through the routines for running a new engine and prepared sets of brake parts for the weekend, there was little time left for her to extend herself. What was most important, however, was her excellent feedback about the characteristics of the car, which fitted extremely well with the data."

Asked whether Legge had done enough to warrant a permanent place in the squad this season or next, Surtees was quick to point out that Team GBR already had one other driver waiting for an opportunity, but admitted that Legge's contribution could not be overlooked.

"Any future drives will depend on opportunities arising and circumstances," he insisted, "Of course, we have Alex Lloyd as part of our team too but, when it comes to reviewing the situation for next year's programme, she'll certainly be considered."

 

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