Despite assurances to the contrary last time out in Indonesia, Team India is expected to miss the next round of the A1 Grand Prix series as internal strife continues to dog its campaign.

Reports suggest that there is unrest in the camp over the choice of driver, with 16-year old Armaan Ebrahim considered to inexperienced by members of the team hoping to push the Indian entry up the grid. Although the recent FRenault signing has shone on a few occasions, he is more often left battling it out at the back of the pack, and the rumour mill has now got to the stage where it is suggested that both management and driver may be changed before the USA round at Laguna Seca, with a more experienced pilot installed.

Ebrahim's lack of experience has be made more apparent by the steady influx of well-known drivers into the series. This weekend's round at Fundidora park in Mexico is expected to boast at least six former F1 drivers and four Champ Car drivers past and present, as Patrick Friesacher joins Team Austria, and lines up alongside Champ Car race winners Patrick Carpentier and Bryan Herta - both of whom raced in the IRL in 2005 - amongst others.

The grid continues to defy FIA president Max Mosley's 'weak' claims, with stalwarts Jos Verstappen, Tomas Enge, Alex Yoong and Ralph Firman having been joined in recent weeks by Friesacher, Christian Fittipaldi and Marcus Marshall, as teams continue to try and rein in leading teams France, Switzerland and Britain, which have fielded GP2 frontrunners Alex Premat, Nicolas Lapierre and Neel Jani, plus former British F3 champion Robbie Kerr respectively.



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