German team still not ready to join A1GP Season Four line-up and delays debut till South African round next month.
A1 Team Germany won’t be on the grid for the Taupo round later this month, and is now planning to make its Season Four debut in South Africa on February 20-22.
“A1 Team Germany has been affected by delays," says A1GP CEO, Pete da Silva. “All the necessary ingredients to get the team on track in Taupo did not come together, so there was no other option but to delay the team’s Season Four debut.
“On the positive side, we hope the car can cover some test miles so when the team arrives in South Africa it will be able to catch up rapidly.”
A1 Team Germany is totally new this season, with a new team principal, Rolf Beisswanger, a new service provider and a new driver, Andre Lotterer.
“I cannot say I am anything other than deeply disappointed (by the delay),” says Beisswanger.
“We have been working flat-out since I took on the role to get a team together that our country would be proud of.
“However, we shall not be at the next two races so have to make sure when we do make our debut the car will be ready to win.
“This does give us more time to get the sponsors and partners in place and we have to view Season Four as the launch pad for a full-out assault on the championship in Season Five.
“My major aim is to wrest back the title the team won in Season Two, and for that, we have to be totally prepared.”