The entry list published for this weekend's A1 Grand Prix resumption in South Africa carries few surprises, as most of the 23 teams present opt to continue with their tried and trusted combinations, but Italy appears poised to try something a little different.

After running F3000 veteran Enrico Toccacelo for the first half of the season, and with rumours that circuit specialist Max Papis may be drafted in to the blue Lola for Laguna Seca and Fundidora Park, young Max Busnelli has been listed as the team's number one choice for the Durban street race. He will take the wheel of the Azzura entry for the first time during Friday's official practice sessions, although Toccacelo is expected to remain an option for race day.

While Italy make changes, A1 Team Japan's pit garage will be empty in Durban, as Hayanari Shimoda has left the squad and no replacement could be lined up in time.

"Our deal with Hayanari was only for three races, and he and his family honoured that at Dubai in December," team manager Malcolm Swetnam told the official A1GP website, "As there's no other driver lined-up to replace Hayanari, Carlin Motorsport will no longer be involved with A1 Team Japan. It's too expensive to fly our mechanics out to a race in the hope of a driver coming up with the money."

A1 Team Russia will also be absent from the seventh round of the series as its relaunch plans continue to be delayed, leaving just 23 countries to line up for the most intriguing round of the series so far. Elsewhere on the entry, the only 'oddities' see Christian Jones named as number one for Team Australia, despite the presence of Will Davison.

Alex Premat takes his regular turn in the pace-setting French car, while GP2 rivals Nelson Piquet Jr - fresh from Mil Milhas GT success - and Neel Jani remain onboard for Brazil and Switzerland respectively. Stephen Simpson gets the nod for his home round.

David Martinez returns for Mexico after a few races absence, Sean McIntosh continues for Canada, despite the impending arrival of Patrick Carpentier for the races in the Americas, and Phil Giebler keeps his Team USA ride, despite the mention of Bryan Herta returning for Laguna Seca.

The full line-up for the Durban round is as follows:

Australia Christian Jones Will DavisonAustria Mathias Lauda Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr Canada Sean McIntosh China Tengyi Jiang Czech Republic Tomas Enge France Alexandre Premat Nicholas LapierreGermany Timo Scheider Great Britain Robbie KerrIndia Armaan Ebrahim Indonesia Ananda Mikola Ireland Ralph Firman Michael DevaneyItaly Massimiliano Busnelli Enrico ToccaceloLebanon Basil Shaaban Malaysia Alex Yoong Mexico David Martinez Netherlands Jos Verstappen Jeroen BleekemolenNew Zealand Matt Halliday Pakistan Adam Khan Portugal Alvaro Parente South Africa Stephen Simpson Gavin CronjeSwitzerland Neel Jani USA Phil Giebler



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