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2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Mexico

The 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Mexico is an A1 Grand Prix race, held on March 16, 2008 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico. This is the eighth meeting in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season.

Flag of Mexico.svg 2007-08 A1GP of Mexico
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.svg
Race Details
Race 8 of 10 in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season
DateMarch 16, 2008
LocationAutódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Mexico City, Mexico
Weatherdry
Sprint race
Qualifying
PoleFlag of South Africa.svg South Africa (Adrian Zaugg)
Time1'20.315
Podium
1stFlag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (Jonny Reid)
2ndFlag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Oliver Jarvis)
3rdFlag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg China (Cong Fu Cheng)
Time1'21.589, (Lap 11)
Feature race
Qualifying
PoleFlag of Canada.svg Canada (Robert Wickens)
Time1'20.278
Podium
1stFlag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
2ndFlag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Oliver Jarvis)
3rdFlag of the United States.svg USA (Jonathan Summerton)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Oliver Jarvis)
Time1'21.417, (Lap 37)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

Contents

Pre-raceEdit

David Martínez (Mexico) who race two venues in the 2005-06 season was recalled to drive Rookie sessions due to ineligibility of current main driver David Garza Perez.[1] Josef Král (Czech Republic) was replaced by Filip Salaquarda for the last three meetings.[2] This Czech driver race in one round in 2006-07. Initially, Josef Král was called for race all four rounds but its results in the last South African venue (18th and 16th) weren't enough for its team.

QualificationsEdit

In Rookie sessions, David Rigon (Italy) top the classification for its first A1GP appearance.[3] This performance was only achieve before by Jonathan Summerton (USA) in 2006-07, Australia.

Mexico and France made disappointing qualifying sessions.[4] David Garza Perez (Mexico) spin and hit the wall in the Peraltada corner in its last hot lap, he start from last row of the grid in each races. Jonathan Cochet line up on 16th and 14th position for his first race weekend replacing Loïc Duval for French team who is second in the standings before Mexican rounds.

Robert Wickens (Canada) make the Feature race pole position under yellow flag during the last qualifying session when David Garza Perez (Mexico) spin off. These circumstances are controversial according to several drivers, like Neel Jani who realize the second time, but the race stewards take no action against the Canadian team.[5]

Sprint race qualifications
Pos Team Time Gap
1   South Africa 1'20.315 -
2   New Zealand 1'20.397 +0.082
3   USA 1'20.426 +0.111
4   Switzerland 1'20.518 +0.203
5   Great Britain 1'20.556 +0.241
6   Canada 1'20.621 +0.306
7   Ireland 1'20.769 +0.454
8   Brazil 1'20.842 +0.527
9   Portugal 1'20.940 +0.625
10   Italy 1'20.961 +0.646
11   Netherlands 1'21.005 +0.690
12   China 1'21.028 +0.713
13   Germany 1'21.054 +0.739
14   Malaysia 1'21.099 +0.784
15   Pakistan 1'21.176 +0.861
16   France 1'21.417 +1.102
17   Australia 1'21.789 +1.474
18   India 1'21.799 +1.484
19   Lebanon 1'22.012 +1.697
20   Indonesia 1'22.044 +1.729
21   Mexico 1'22.370 +2.055
22   Czech Republic 1'22.373 +2.058
Main race qualifications
Pos Team Time Gap
1   Canada 1'20.278 -
2   Switzerland 1'20.320 +0.042
3   Germany 1'20.646 +0.368
4   Great Britain 1'20.705 +0.427
5   Ireland 1'20.708 +0.430
6   New Zealand 1'20.743 +0.465
7   USA 1'20.783 +0.505
8   Portugal 1'20.825 +0.547
9   China 1'20.859 +0.581
10   South Africa 1'20.870 +0.592
11   Malaysia 1'20.939 +0.661
12   Italy 1'20.953 +0.675
13   Netherlands 1'21.263 +0.985
14   France 1'21.310 +1.032
15   Australia 1'21.358 +1.080
16   Lebanon 1'21.441 +1.163
17   Pakistan 1'21.484 +1.206
18   Brazil 1'21.675 +1.397
19   Indonesia 1'21.788 +1.510
20   India 1'21.909 +1.631
21   Czech Republic 1'22.333 +2.055
22   Mexico 1'22.371 +2.093

Sprint raceEdit

It is at 28 °C for the sprint race and a near 50 °C for the track temperature.[6] A second start was planned because of multiple crash in the first. Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) hit the back of Neel Jani (Switzerland) car's. Pakistan and then Australia hit Germany. Ireland and Brazil went off the track. Red flag is brandished and a new start is scheduled 20 minutes later. All team have time to repair damages and line up in their qualifying position except Germany who cannot take part in the second start.

The start is properly done this time and South Africa take the lead but only for two laps to have sustained a picture. New Zealand lead Great Britain, Switzerland and Ireland. Australia is out since Lap 1, hitting Pakistan. Jonathan Cochet (France passes Narain Karthikeyan (India) in Lap 4 for 13th. The Safety car is out in Lap 6 when Filip Salaquarda (Czech Republic) spin in the chicane.

After the safety car comes on in Lap 9, Great Britain, Switzerland and Ireland are close together using PowerBoosts to make the difference but all preserve their own position. In Lap 10, Cong Fu Cheng (China) hit David Garza Perez (Brazil) and go to the pits. China make the fasted lap on Lap 13 and one lap then, Jonny Reid (New Zealand) take its fourth win of the season behind Great Britain, Switzerland, Ireland, USA, Portugal, Canada, Netherlands, Malaysia and Brazil for 10th.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   New Zealand Jonny Reid 14 20'59.462 15
2   Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 14 +2.697 12
3   Switzerland Neel Jani 14 +3.745 10
4   Ireland Adam Carroll 14 +4.291 8
5   USA Jonathan Summerton 14 +4.721 6
6   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 14 +7.125 5
7   Canada Robert Wickens 14 +7.787 4
8   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 14 +8.597 3
9   Malaysia Alex Yoong 14 +9.599 2
10   Brazil Bruno Junqueira 14 +10.952 1
11   Italy Edoardo Piscopo 14 +11.538
12   France Jonathan Cochet 14 +12.483
13   India Narain Karthikeyan 14 +14.859
14   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 14 +15.600
15   Lebanon Jimmy Auby 14 +16.970
16   Mexico David Garza Perez 14 +18.363
17   China Cong Fu Cheng 11 +1 lap +1
Ret   Czech Republic Filip Salaquarda 4 +10 laps
Ret   Pakistan Adam Langley-Khan 4 +10 laps
Ret   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 2 +12 laps
Ret   Australia John Martin 0 +14 laps
DNS   Germany Michael Ammermüller - -

Main raceEdit

The start was aborted because Brazil was way out of its position.[7] At 15:15 the race was relaunched and Canada took the lead behind Switzerland, Great Britain, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, USA, Portugal, Malaysia, South Africa. Australia and Italy get in the pits but Edoardo Piscopo (Italy) retire. In Lap 4, China passes Malaysia for 10th. In Lap 7, Neel Jani (Switzerland) grabb the lead to Robert Wickens (Canada). Australia receive a drive-through penalty. The first window to mandatory pit stops is open on Lap 10.
New Zealand loses some positions with its bad pit stop. Switzerland made the festest lap just after pitting. France then Indonesia, for the first time in A1GP history, lead the race due to late stops. After the first mandatory stops, in Lap 16, Switzerland take the lead behind Ireland, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands and China. In the next lap, Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) passes Robert Wickens (Canada) for 3rd. During the next laps, Switzerland increase its advance to 6 secondes, Michael Ammermüller (Germany) come near to Canada and try to passes without success and Jonathan Summerton (USA) close to Germany.
In Lap 27, Jonny Reid (New Zealand) hit the kerb in the chicane and finish in the tire wall. The Safety car is out until lap 29. New Zealand is still in the race but in 20th. In Lap 32, USA passes Canada by way of its Power-to-Pass. Malaysia who were 10th, loses two positions in the same Lap 33. Portugal passes at Turn 2 and Brazil on a side-by-side overtake in Turns 4 and 5. Next lap, Germany and Canada hits each other and Michael Ammermüller (Germany) should change its car's nose. It's the second mandatory pit stops.
Switzerland, Ireland, Great Britain and USA pit immediately. Switzerland and Ireland exit side-by-side gratefully to the Ireland pits team. Adam Carroll (Ireland) take the lead at the end of the pit lane. Switzerland its second behind Great Britain, USA, Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, Portugal, Brazil and Malaysia. New Zealand and France are fighting but for 16th. Czech Republic and Switzerland receive a drive-through penalty in Lap 41 when Great Britain made the fastest lap. In Lap 44, Neel Jani (Switzerland) is 11th behind Pakistan. Jonathan Summerton (USA) is close to Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) and try to passes during the last laps of the race.
The final order is Ireland, the 15th team to win a race in A1GP behind Great Britain, USA, Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, Portugal, Brazil, India and China. The championship leader finish 12th for New Zealand, 13th for France and 19th for Switzerland. Switzerland lead the series by 15 points behindNew Zealand and 20 points behind France who not score any points this weekend.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   Ireland Adam Carroll 47 1:07'47.858 15
2   Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 47 +3.355 12+1
3   USA Jonathan Summerton 47 +4.104 10
4   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 47 +13.653 8
5   Canada Robert Wickens 47 +15.175 6
6   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 47 +16.195 5
7   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 47 +16.542 4
8   Brazil Bruno Junqueira 47 +17.253 3
9   India Narain Karthikeyan 47 +26.504 2
10   China Cong Fu Cheng 47 +30.671 1
11   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 47 +35.536
12   New Zealand Jonny Reid 47 +36.051
13   France Jonathan Cochet 47 +39.464
14   Mexico David Garza Perez 47 +49.082
15   Malaysia Alex Yoong 47 +53.860
16   Czech Republic Filip Salaquarda 47 +1'06.153
17   Lebanon Jimmy Auby 47 +1'24.771
18   Pakistan Adam Langley-Khan 46 +1 lap
19   Switzerland Neel Jani 46 +1 lap
20   Germany Michael Ammermüller 46 +1 lap
21   Australia John Martin 46 +1 lap
Ret   Italy Edoardo Piscopo 2 +45 laps

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mexico confirms home team a1gp.com (March 05, 2008)
  2. ^ Salaquarda in shock Czech recall a1gp.com (March 05, 2008)
  3. ^ Rigon achieves rare rookie feat a1gp.com (March 15, 2008)
  4. ^ Canada and South Africa grab poles a1gp.com (March 15, 2008)
  5. ^ Controversial Feature pole for Canada autosport.com (March 15, 2008)
  6. ^ Mexico Sprint race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (March 16, 2008)
  7. ^ Mexico Feature race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (March 16, 2008)
  8. ^ a b Auby to make Lebanese debut a1gp.com (February 29, 2008)
  9. ^ France call up veteran Cochet autosport.com (March 13, 2008)
  10. ^ Team Brazil to run rookie Guimaraes autosport.com (March 8, 2008)
  11. ^ a b Italy leads the way in Mexico City a1gp.com (March 14, 2008)
  12. ^ Tappy to make Team GBR debut autosport.com (March 7, 2008)

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