Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Firman's testing time with Carroll

Adam Carroll will be joined by former Jordan F1 driver Ralph Firman for a test session at Silverstone next week as Team Ireland begin their build-up to the start of the third A1GP series.

Firman drove the Irish car in the first year of A1GP, and with considerable success too, but was replaced last season by Michael Devaney and then Ulsterman Richard Lyons.

But Firman, currently racing with Lyons in the Japanese Super GT series, has been asked back for the test session at Silverstone next Tuesday and Wednesday.

He will share the Irish car with GP2 star Carroll, from Portadown, who completed an A1GP rookie evaluation test at Snetterton last week.

Team Ireland insist no decisions on the driver line-up for the season will be made until after the second official A1GP test on September 18 and 19 when they will test at least one other Irish driver.

Carroll is in Istanbul preparing for this weekend's GP2 races which will accompany the Turkish Grand Prix.

Meanwhile Felipe Massa is hoping the bitter feud between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso can aid his world title cause.

Hamilton and Alonso held peace talks yesterday in a bid to clear the air after the controversy that erupted during the Hungarian Grand Prix nearly three weeks ago.

The McLaren stars ended the weekend not speaking to one another, prompting boss Ron Dennis to call a summit meeting in Istanbul.

But with the duo separated by just seven points, and with both displaying a win-at-all-costs attitude, it remains to be seen whether they can put their differences to one side.

If they continue to scupper each others chances, that could play into Ferrari's hands, with Massa 21 points adrift and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen a point better off.

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