News of 17th February 2009

Nicolas promoted to lead driver!

Nicolas Prost has been promoted to lead driver for the next round of the 2008-09 A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport Championship, which will take place in South Africa between 20th and 22nd February. He will take over from LoÔc Duval who has driven the majority of races for the team over the last two seasons.

Nicolas Prost: 'After a very positive outing in China the teamís decided to put its trust in me again, which Iím very happy about. It shows that itís satisfied with my work. This winter Iíve been training very hard and Iíll tackle the weekend full of determination. My aim is to be on the pace right away and to be among the front-runners throughout the weekend.'

27-year-old Nicolas won the 2008 Euroseries 3000 Championship. He has been the A1 Team France rookie since last season, and in November he raced in the Chengdu round in China. After 4 rounds, A1 Team France is currently lying fourth in the overall classification with a victory and 3 rostrum finishes.

Olivier Panis, sporting director: 'Nicolas is already completely at home in our team. Heís well prepared for this new challenge after a season as test driver with A1 Team France and a race a few months ago. Weíve already found an efficient way of working together, and we have every confidence in each other. This way we wonít waste any time and our objective remains the same - the rostrum!'

Official press release of A1 Team France

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