A1 Team Canada's announcement that Patrick Carpentier will see out the season at the wheel of its Lola, as regular pilot Sean McIntosh will be tied up with World Series by Renault testing when the final races in Shanghai come around, also casts doubt on the Team GB line-up.

McIntosh and Team GB driver Robbie Kerr were last week confirmed as team-mates in World Series squad KTR, placed there by John Surtees and Wade Cherwayko, the men behind Team GB and Team Canada respectively but, with the second round of pre-season testing taking place at Le Mans on 1-2 April, neither can feasibly be considered as likely for the Shanghai A1 weekend.

Canada has already moved to replace McIntosh with Carpentier, but Team GB would only tell Crash.net that an announcement regarding its line-up is not due until tomorrow [Thursday], when the field reconvenes at Laguna Seca for the penultimate A1GP event.

The inaugural A1 season naturally throws up two possible replacements for Kerr, with Alex Lloyd the British team's other nominated driver at the start of the campaign and Katherine Legge having tested the red, white and blue Lola in Dubai. Although Legge returning to the team is unlikely now that she has signed to race Champ Cars for PKV Racing - and is due to start her campaign in Long Beach a week after Shanghai - Lloyd's position is also questionable.

The Manxman has not played an active part since testing with Team GB prior to the opening round at Brands Hatch in September. With the teams' second cars only making a fleeting appearance - and Legge bagging Team GB's in Dubai - Lloyd was left to cool his heels on the sidelines, while rumours of star additions to the squad, such as IRL champion Dan Wheldon, came and went.

Asked whether he had got the call to replace Kerr in China, Lloyd told Crash.net that he was not in the frame, as he was working on other projects that would occupy him that weekend.

 

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