Although it was hardly the ideal way to make an A1 Grand Prix debut, Graham Rahal defied the difficult conditions and his lack of experience to make a good impression for Team Lebanon during practice at Funididora Park in Mexico.

Having replaced Khalil Beschir and Basil Shaaban just days in the run up to the race, the son of IRL team boss Bobby Rahal got the Lebanon car into a rare top ten position for the majority of the first session, with a flurry of late times pushing him down to 12th at the end of the hour.

The second session saw Rahal slip back down to 19th place as he worked to acquit himself with both a car and a circuit he has not has much experience of before the weekend

Nonetheless, the 17-year-old driver - who is the youngest on the grid in the absence of Armaan Ebrahim - is looking forward to his first race, particularly if the circuit is dry.

"It's been a good day," he said. "The first session was better than the second, but I've really enjoyed driving the car. It's a really powerful car and good in the rain. In the second session there were a lot of red flags, which made it difficult to get in a rhythm. I'm looking forward to driving the car in the dry, so I hope it'll be dry tomorrow."

Team principal, Tony Snook, was just as encouraged by the youngster's performance. "The team has had a good first day in Mexico and it's very encouraging to see how quickly Graham has got to grips with the A1 car, despite the appalling weather. I hope he has a chance to experience the car in the dry at some time this weekend.

"Although he is the youngest driver in the field, Graham has already shown maturity in his handling of these conditions. He has had only two hours in the car so far, but is already demonstrating his talent."



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