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02/18/09
a1gp
Indonesia promotes Zahir Ali

A1 Team Indonesia has announced a change of lead driver for the first time in nearly two years. Zahir Ali’s performances in the last three rookie sessions have been enough to convince team bosses to give him the chance to be the squad’s main race driver, replacing Satrio Hermanto, this weekend.

“The change in driver line up is a part of the A1 team Indonesia vision to support and improve the careers of young Indonesian drivers,” said A1 Team Indonesia team principal Bagoes Hermanto.

“We are aware it will be a tough weekend for Zahir in Gauteng, but he has already shown natural speed and ability in the A1GP car so far this season. We are constantly striving to improve the team and achieve stronger results for the fans.”

Zahir impressed from his very first A1GP outing, finishing eighth in the rookie session in Chengdu, China.

“I am very proud to be given the honor of representing my nation in A1GP, I will give my best efforts to the team and my aim will be to achieve two solid finishes in the races,” he said. “I have limited experience of the A1GP Powered by Ferrari car in comparison to some of the other drivers, but I hope to get to grips with the car and the new circuit as quick as possible.”

Satrio Hermanto, capped 28 times for his nation, said he respected the team’s decision.

“I will aim to keep myself fit and in good shape so I will be ready if the team call me to national duty again in the future,” he added.
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