2005–06 A1 Grand Prix season
|2005–06 A1 Grand Prix of Nations|
The 2005–06 A1 Grand Prix season was the inaugural season for the A1 Grand Prix series. It began on 25 September 2005, and finished on 2 April 2006 after eleven races.
This first season was won by A1 Team France on 12 March 2006.
25 teams, each representing a different country, signed up for the first A1 Grand Prix season. All teams used a control chassis (Lola), engine (Zytek) and tyre (Cooper Avon). The following teams competed in the 2005–06 championship:
- (1) Enrico Toccacelo drove the Pakistan car in Durban after Adam Langley-Khan was injured during practice sessions. However, Pakistan would have not scored any points if Toccacelo had finished in top 10.
- (2) A1 Team Indonesia could not participate in the Australian Race due to Ananda Mikola having raced in the Asian F3 Series in Batangas.
The first A1 Grand Prix season consisted of 11 races, all held in different countries. Each race ran over a three-day weekend, including a practice session on each of Friday and Saturday before a qualifying session on Saturday, and then two races on Sunday.
The Indonesian Round had originally been scheduled to be held on 15 January 2006, but was postponed due to the death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The replacement date was set as 12 February 2006 (originally scheduled for the cancelled Curitiba race), resulting in effectively switching order with the South African round.
- Team-by-team guide to the A1 Grand Prix series telegraph.co.uk (23 September 2005)
- Team SA all set for debut A1 GP Archived 3 November 2005 at the Wayback Machine motoring.iafrica.com (19 September 2005)
- PR: Austria, Italy and Japan Join A1GP v8central.com (21 September 2005)
- Duran and Perez for Mexico pitpass.com (26 September 2006)
- Team SA nab DAMS services Archived 11 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine motoring.iafrica.com (30 August 2006)
- Manejaría en la Sultana del Norte espndeportes.espn.go.com (5 February 2006)
- Estoril: Friday quotes pitpass.com (21 October 2005)
- Netherlands entry unveiled Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine motorsport.com (5 September 2005)
- Стартовала новая гоночная серия A1 Grand Prix Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine rargt.com (25 September 2005)
- A1 Team Ireland has secured a title sponsor for 2007/08 season Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine motorsport.com (12 September 2007)
- Team pakistan aiming to change a nation's image telegraph.co.uk (Septembre 23, 2005)
- Team history Archived 5 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine team-astromega.com
- New option to Formula One: A1 Grand Prix usatoday.com (22 September 2005)
- Murchison's Singapore pledge channelnewsasia.com (8 September 2006)