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2005–06 A1 Grand Prix of Nations
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Competing countries (orange), race locations (squares)

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.

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TeamsEdit

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:

Race Team Team Seat holder Race drivers Rounds Other drivers
  Akbar Ebrahim   A1 Team India Atul Gupta[1]   Karun Chandhok 1-2
  Armaan Ebrahim 3-8
  Alan Docking Racing[1]   A1 Team Australia Alan Jones[1]   Will Power 1   Karl Reindler
  Christian Jones 2, 9
  Will Davison 3-7
  Marcus Marshall 8
  Ryan Briscoe 10-11
  Arden International[1]   A1 Team Great Britain Tony Clements
John Surtees[1]
  Robbie Kerr 1-10   Alex Lloyd
  Katherine Legge
  Darren Manning 11
  ASM F3[1]   A1 Team Brazil Ronaldo[1]
Emerson Fittipaldi[1]
  Nelson Piquet, Jr. 1-7   Fabio Carbone
  João Paulo de Oliveira
  Tuka Rocha
  Christian Fittipaldi 8-11
  BCN Competicion[2]   A1 Team South Africa Tokyo Sexwale[2]   Stephen Simpson 1, 4-11   Gavin Cronje
  Tomas Scheckter 2-3
  Carlin Motorsport[1][1][3]   A1 Team Japan conglomerate[1]   Ryo Fukuda 1
  Hideki Noda 2
  Hayanari Shimoda 4-6, 8-9
  A1 Team Lebanon Tameem Auchi[1]   Kalil Beschir 1-2, 5
  Basil Shaaban 3-4, 6-8
  Graham Rahal 9-11
  A1 Team Portugal Luís Figo[1]
Carlos Queiroz[1]
  Álvaro Parente 1-10   João Urbano
  João Barbosa
  César Campaniço 11
  Charouz Racing System   A1 Team Czech Republic Antonin Charouz[1]   Jan Charouz 1   Jaroslav Janiš
  Tomáš Enge 2-11
  DAMS[4][5]   A1 Team France Jean Paul Driot[1]   Alexandre Prémat 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11
  Nicolas Lapierre 2, 4, 6, 8, 10-11
  A1 Team Mexico Juan Cortina[1]
Julio Jáuregui[6]
  Salvador Durán 1, 3-4, 6, 8-11
  David Martínez 2, 7
  Luis Diaz 5
  A1 Team Switzerland Max Welti[1]   Neel Jani 1-9
  Giorgio Mondini 10-11
  David Price Racing[7]   A1 Team USA Rick Weidlinger[7]   Scott Speed 1-3
  Bryan Herta 4-5, 9-10
  Philip Giebler 6-8, 11
  A1 Team Indonesia   A1 Team Indonesia N/A   Ananda Mikola 1-3, 5-11
  John Village Automotive[1]   A1 Team Canada Wade Cherwayko[1]   Sean McIntosh 1-8
  Patrick Carpentier 9-11
  A1 Team Malaysia   A1 Team Malaysia Alex Yoong[1]   Fairuz Fauzy 1, 3, 5
  Alex Yoong 1-2, 4-11
  Racing for Holland[8]   A1 Team The Netherlands Jan Lammers[8]   Jos Verstappen All   Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Russian Age Racing[9]   A1 Team Russia Svetlana Strelnikova[1]
Frederic Dor
  Alexey Vasilyev 1   Nikolai Fomenko
  Alexander Tyuryumin
  Mikhail Aleshin 3
  Roman Rusinov 4
  Status Grand Prix   A1 Team Ireland Mark Kershaw[10]   Michael Devaney 1, 4, 11
  Ralph Firman 2-3, 5-10
  Super Nova Racing[1][11]   A1 Team Germany Willi Weber[1]   Timo Scheider 1-2, 5, 7-10   Sebastian Vettel
  Adrian Sutil 3-4, 6
  Sebastian Stahl 11
  A1 Team Pakistan Arif Hussain (racing)[1]   Adam Khan 1-6, 11
  Enrico Toccacelo(1) 7
  Team Astromega[12]   A1 Team China Liu Yu[1]   Tengyi Jiang 1-10
  Qinghua Ma 11
  Team Ghinzani[1]   A1 Team Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani[1]   Enrico Toccacelo 1-6, 9, 11   Nino Piccoli
  Richard Antinucci
  Matteo Cressoni
  Andrea Montermini
  Raffaele Giammaria
  Max Busnelli 7-8
  Max Papis 10
  Team Rosberg   A1 Team Austria Niki Lauda[13] with
Lauda Motorsport Management
  Mathias Lauda 1-8, 10-11
  Patrick Friesacher 9
  West Surrey Racing[14]   A1 Team New Zealand Colin Giltrap[1]   Matt Halliday 1, 3, 5-11   Scott Dixon
  Jonny Reid 2, 4

RacesEdit

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.

Round Date Country Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner Report
1 S 25 September 2005   United Kingdom Brands Hatch   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Alexandre Prémat   Nelson Piquet, Jr. Report
F   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Nelson Piquet, Jr.
2 S 9 October 2005   Germany EuroSpeedway Lausitz   Nicolas Lapierre   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Nicolas Lapierre Report
F   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Nicolas Lapierre
3 S 23 October 2005   Portugal Autódromo do Estoril   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Alexandre Prémat   Alexandre Prémat Report
F   Alexandre Prémat   Alexandre Prémat
4 S 6 November 2005   Australia Eastern Creek Raceway   Nicolas Lapierre   Nicolas Lapierre   Nicolas Lapierre Report
F   Nicolas Lapierre   Nicolas Lapierre
5 S 20 November 2005   Malaysia Sepang International Circuit   Neel Jani   Alexandre Prémat   Alexandre Prémat Report
F   Jos Verstappen   Alexandre Prémat
6 S 11 December 2005   United Arab Emirates Dubai Autodrome   Neel Jani   Neel Jani   Neel Jani Report
F   Ralph Firman   Nicolas Lapierre
7 S 29 January 2006   South Africa Durban street circuit   Alexandre Prémat   Ralph Firman   Alexandre Prémat Report
F   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Jos Verstappen
8 S 12 February 2006   Indonesia Sentul International Circuit   Robbie Kerr   Nicolas Lapierre   Nicolas Lapierre Report
F   Ralph Firman   Sean McIntosh
9 S 26 February 2006   Mexico Fundidora Park   Alexandre Prémat   Jos Verstappen   Alexandre Prémat Report
F   Alexandre Prémat   Alexandre Prémat
10 S 12 March 2006   United States of America Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca   Salvador Durán   Salvador Durán   Salvador Durán Report
F   Nicolas Lapierre   Salvador Durán
11 S 2 April 2006   China Shanghai International Circuit   Alex Yoong   Alex Yoong   Alex Yoong Report
F   Salvador Durán   Tomáš Enge

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.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Drivers   GBR   GER   POR   AUS   MYS   UAE   RSA   IDN   MEX   USA   CHN Pts
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
1   France Alexandre Prémat 2 DNS 1 1 1 1 1 8 1 1 7 172
Nicolas Lapierre 1 1 1 1 7 1 1 8 2 Ret 6
2   Switzerland Neel Jani 9 Ret 2 5 3 2 6 3 2 2 1 Ret 3 2 5 5 2 3 121
Giorgio Mondini 16 13 Ret Ret
3   Great Britain Robbie Kerr 5 Ret Ret 2 Ret 12 5 2 3 Ret 9 2 2 Ret 2 10 11 6 4 3 97
Darren Manning 2 15
4   New Zealand Matt Halliday 3 4 14 16 6 6 15 13 6 4 8 7 Ret 8 8 12 8 4 77
Jonny Reid 4 4 14 8
5   Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 13 8 Ret 8 74
Alex Yoong 5 6 16 8 5 5 10 Ret Ret Ret 4 2 7 11 Ret 10 1 2
6   Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 1 1 3 Ret 2 8 3 9 4 10 Ret Ret Ret 9 71
Christian Fittipaldi 20 4 14 12 13 Ret 10 Ret
7   Netherlands Jos Verstappen Ret 7 Ret 7 4 Ret 7 4 5 16 11 9 16 1 7 6 4 2 14 Ret Ret 17 69
8   Ireland Michael Devaney 10 Ret 4 14 4 Ret 68
Ralph Firman 9 6 19 3 7 9 4 Ret 4 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 5 6
9   Portugal Álvaro Parente 8 Ret Ret 11 6 5 2 7 9 18 8 4 8 3 19 Ret Ret 10 3 4 66
César Campaniço 13 12
10   Mexico Salvador Durán 6 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 18 8 3 Ret Ret Ret 1 1 3 8 59
David Martínez 8 13 10 Ret
Luis Diaz 19 15
11   Canada Sean McIntosh 19 9 7 3 7 Ret 9 Ret 15 Ret 5 6 12 10 Ret 1 59
Patrick Carpentier 9 15 6 5 Ret 7
12   Czech Republic Jan Charouz 18 Ret 56
Tomáš Enge 11 Ret 5 9 Ret Ret 16 3 3 Ret 5 Ret 10 13 5 7 18 Ret 6 1
13   Australia Will Power 4 2 51
Christian Jones 15 14 16 Ret
Will Davison Ret 6 11 6 Ret 11 21 10 9 Ret
Marcus Marshall 16 3
Ryan Briscoe 10 8 9 3
14   Italy Enrico Toccacelo 16 Ret 17 Ret 11 7 10 Ret 17 4 2 11 3 4 16 9 46
Massimiliano Busnelli Ret 6 14 Ret
Max Papis 19 7
15   Germany Timo Scheider 14 10 5 10 12 8 7 Ret 12 12 8 5 7 2 38
Adrian Sutil 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12
Sebastian Stahl 15 18
16   USA Scott Speed 11 Ret Ret Ret 13 4 23
Bryan Herta 15 10 10 7 6 13 9 Ret
Philip Giebler 13 Ret 13 Ret 15 9 14 10
17   South Africa Stephen Simpson 24 6 Ret Ret Ret 12 12 3 Ret 5 Ret 11 Ret 18 11 Ret 11 14 20
Tomas Scheckter 12 Ret 10 Ret
18   Indonesia Ananda Mikola 17 Ret 14 8 9 Ret Ret 14 6 Ret Ret Ret 11 14 12 16 Ret Ret 5 Ret 16
19   Austria Mathias Lauda 20 11 13 15 16 10 19 Ret 18 Ret 17 7 16 7 13 Ret 12 9 Ret 13 14
Patrick Friesacher 10 9
20   Pakistan Adam Khan 7 Ret Ret 12 Ret 15 12 11 13 Ret 16 Ret 12 5 10
Enrico Toccacelo 11 Ret
21   Japan Ryo Fukuda 12 8 8
Hideki Noda 10 9
Hayanari Shimoda 18 Ret 14 13 14 15 9 Ret Ret Ret
22   China Tengyi Jiang 21 12 18 17 Ret 14 16 Ret 20 Ret 19 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 17 17 Ret 6
Qinghua Ma 14 16
23   Lebanon Khalil Beschir 22 Ret Ret 18 Ret 17 0
Basil Shaaban 18 11 Ret 12 Ret 16 17 Ret 17 Ret
Graham Rahal 13 14 Ret Ret 18 11
24   India Karun Chandhok 15 DNS 16 Ret 0
Armaan Ebrahim 17 13 17 13 11 EX 20 14 14 Ret 18 15
25   Russia Alexey Vasilyev 23 Ret 0
Mikhail Aleshin 15 17
Roman Rusinov 13 Ret
Pos Team Drivers spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea Pts
  GBR   GER   POR   AUS   MYS   UAE   RSA   IDN   MEX   USA   CHN
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Green Retired, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Not classified (NC)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Blank Did not participate
Injured (INJ)
Excluded (EX)
Bold Pole position
* Fastest lap
spr Sprint Race
fea Feature Race

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Team-by-team guide to the A1 Grand Prix series telegraph.co.uk (23 September 2005)
  2. ^ a b Team SA all set for debut A1 GP Archived 3 November 2005 at the Wayback Machine motoring.iafrica.com (19 September 2005)
  3. ^ PR: Austria, Italy and Japan Join A1GP v8central.com (21 September 2005)
  4. ^ Duran and Perez for Mexico pitpass.com (26 September 2006)
  5. ^ Team SA nab DAMS services Archived 11 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine motoring.iafrica.com (30 August 2006)
  6. ^ Manejaría en la Sultana del Norte espndeportes.espn.go.com (5 February 2006)
  7. ^ a b Estoril: Friday quotes pitpass.com (21 October 2005)
  8. ^ a b Netherlands entry unveiled Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine motorsport.com (5 September 2005)
  9. ^ Стартовала новая гоночная серия A1 Grand Prix Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine rargt.com (25 September 2005)
  10. ^ 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)
  11. ^ Team pakistan aiming to change a nation's image telegraph.co.uk (Septembre 23, 2005)
  12. ^ Team history Archived 5 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine team-astromega.com
  13. ^ New option to Formula One: A1 Grand Prix usatoday.com (22 September 2005)
  14. ^ Murchison's Singapore pledge channelnewsasia.com (8 September 2006)

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