Having missed the opening round of A1 Grand Prix due to other commitments, Graham Rahal returned to the cockpit of his A1 Team Lebanon car for his first outing in practice around the Brno circuit in Czech Republic.

Eager to help Lebanon, one of the early committers when A1 GP was founded, to their first points in the series, Rahal got his weekend off to a cautious start as he felt his way around the fast and sweeping Brno circuit, managing the 16th fastest time in practice.

Replacing Basil Shaaban in the car this weekend, Rahal admits the team were struggling to give him a competitive car for practice, although had every confidence in bouncing back to qualifying.

"We're struggling with the set up at the moment, which puts pressure on the tyres and this then affects the car handling," he said. "It's an interesting track, particularly the back section which is fun to drive. We need to start developing the car and find more grip, but we'll work on this overnight and will be looking to improve on our lap times tomorrow."

Meanwhile, Alex Khateeb maintained his place in the team during the rookie sessions, but he too struggled ond another new circuit, the youngster coming away 18th in both 20-car sessions.

"It's a great track to drive," said Khateeb. "It's quite hilly, long and with plenty of corners. It flows well, so it's very enjoyable. I spent the first part of the session concentrating on specific technical tasks and then in the second part I focused on other aspects of our race preparation.

"We're not racing, but using the opportunity to gain valuable data and track feedback for the team to use as they head to Sunday's Sprint and Feature races."



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