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2007–08 A1 Grand Prix season

2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations
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The 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix season was the third in the relatively short history of the championship.

TeamsEdit

All teams used same A1 Grand Prix car including Zytek-powered, Cooper Avon-shod and Lola chassis. The following 22 teams are competitors in the 2007–08 championship :

Race Team Team Seat holder Race drivers Rounds Other drivers
  Alan Docking Racing   A1 Team Australia Alan Jones   Ian Dyk 1–4   Daniel Ricciardo
  John Martin 5–10
  Arena Motorsport   A1 Team India Ravi Chilukuri   Narain Karthikeyan 1–6, 8–10
  Parthiva Sureshwaren 7
  Argo Racing Cars Ltd.   A1 Team Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi   Sérgio Jimenez 1–6   Clemente Faria
  Felipe Guimarães
  Raphael Matos
  Bruno Junqueira 7–8
  Alexandre Negrão 9–10
  A1 Team Lebanon Tameem Auchi   Chris Alajajian 1, 3–6
  Jimmy Auby 2, 7, 10
  Khalil Beschir 8–9
  Charouz Racing System   A1 Team Czech Republic Antonin Charouz   Erik Janiš 1–3   Jaroslav Janiš
  Tomáš Enge 4–6
  Josef Král 7
  Filip Salaquarda 8–10
  Connor Racing   A1 Team France Jean Paul Driot   Loïc Duval 1, 3–7   Guillaume Moreau
  Nicolas Prost
  Jean Karl Vernay
  Nicolas Lapierre 2
  Jonathan Cochet 8
  Franck Montagny 9–10
  A1 Team South Africa Tokyo Sexwale   Adrian Zaugg All   Wesleigh Orr
  DSM   A1 Team Germany Willi Weber   Christian Vietoris 1–2, 5   Michael Klein
  Michael Ammermüller 3–4, 6–10
  A1 Team New Zealand Colin Giltrap   Jonny Reid All   Earl Bamber
  Brendon Hartley
  Chris van der Drift
  A1 Team Great Britain   A1 Team Great Britain Tony Clements
John Surtees
  Oliver Jarvis 1, 3–4, 7–8   Duncan Tappy
  Danny Watts
  James Winslow
  Oliver Turvey
  Robbie Kerr 2, 5–6, 9–10
  A1 Team Indonesia   A1 Team Indonesia N/A   Satrio Hermanto 1–4
  Performance Racing 5–10
  A1 Team Pakistan Arif Hussain   Adam Khan All
  A1 Team Malaysia   A1 Team Malaysia Alex Yoong   Alex Yoong 1–5, 8–9   Aaron Lim
  Fairuz Fauzy 6–7, 10
  A1 Team Portugal   A1 Team Portugal Luis Vicente   João Urbano 1–6   Gonçalo Araújo
  Frederico Duarte
  Bruno Serra
  Filipe Albuquerque 7–10
  Max Motorsport   A1 Team Switzerland Max Welti   Neel Jani All   Sébastien Buemi
  Tom Dillmann
  Rahel Frey
  Natacha Gachnang
  Alexandre Imperatori
  Racing for Holland   A1 Team The Netherlands Jan Lammers   Jeroen Bleekemolen All   Arie Luyendyk Jr.
  Team Astromega   A1 Team China Liu Yu   Congfu Cheng All   Marchy Lee
  Qinghua Ma
  Lin Po-Heng
  Team Ghinzani   A1 Team Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani   Enrico Toccacelo 1–3   Paolo Bossini
  Frankie Provenzano
  Davide Rigon
  Giuseppe Termine
  Edoardo Piscopo 4–10
  Status Grand Prix   A1 Team Canada Wade Cherwayko   James Hinchcliffe 1–2, 10   Daniel Morad
  Robert Wickens 3–9
  A1 Team Ireland Mark Kershaw   Ralph Firman 1   Niall Quinn
  Adam Carroll 2–10
  Teamcraft Motorsport   A1 Team Mexico Juan Cortina
Julio Jáuregui
  Salvador Durán 1   Juan Pablo Garcia
  Arturo González
  Esteban Gutiérrez
  Picho Toledano
  Michel Jourdain Jr. 2–3
  David Garza Perez 4–8
  Jorge Goeters 9
  David Martínez 10
  A1 Team USA   A1 Team USA Rick Weidlinger   Buddy Rice 1–2   Charlie Kimball
  Jonathan Summerton 3–10

Swiss drivers Rahel Frey and Natacha Gachnang are the two first females to drive A1 Grand Prix cars this season. Their first steps were test drivers during Silverstone, September 18–19, 2007, test session.[1] Then Natacha Gachnang drove in rookie sessions in Czech round, on October 12, 2007[2] and Rahel Frey in Malaysian rookie sessions, on November 23, 2007[3]

Since January 2008, the Performance Racing manage A1 Team Indonesia.[4] Bagoes Hermanto, brother of Satrio Hermanto, became the new Team Principal.

Season calendar and winnersEdit

Round Date Country Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner Report
1 S 30 September 2007   Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort   Adrian Zaugg   Adrian Zaugg   Adrian Zaugg Report
F   Adrian Zaugg   Salvador Durán   Oliver Jarvis
2 S 14 October 2007   Czech Republic Brno Circuit   Adrian Zaugg   Jonny Reid   Jonny Reid Report
F   Jeroen Bleekemolen   Cong Fu Cheng   Jonny Reid
3 S 25 November 2007   Malaysia Sepang International Circuit   Neel Jani   Neel Jani   Neel Jani Report
F   Neel Jani   Neel Jani   Neel Jani
4 S 16 December 2007   China Zhuhai International Circuit   Michael Ammermüller   Neel Jani   Michael Ammermüller Report
F   Neel Jani   Oliver Jarvis   Narain Karthikeyan
5 S 20 January 2008   New Zealand Taupo Motorsport Park   Jonny Reid   Christian Vietoris   Jonny Reid Report
F   Loïc Duval   Neel Jani   Christian Vietoris
6 S 3 February 2008   Australia Eastern Creek Raceway   Loïc Duval   Loïc Duval   Loïc Duval Report
F   Jonny Reid   Adrian Zaugg   Adrian Zaugg
7 S 24 February 2008   South Africa Durban street circuit   Robert Wickens   Jonny Reid   Robert Wickens Report
F   Neel Jani   Cong Fu Cheng   Neel Jani
8 S 16 March 2008   Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez   Adrian Zaugg   Cong Fu Cheng   Jonny Reid Report
F   Robert Wickens   Oliver Jarvis   Adam Carroll
9 S 13 April 2008   China Shanghai International Circuit   Neel Jani   Neel Jani   Neel Jani Report
F   Neel Jani   Robert Wickens   Jonathan Summerton
10 S 4 May 2008   Great Britain Brands Hatch   Robbie Kerr   Cong Fu Cheng   Robbie Kerr Report
F   Narain Karthikeyan   Adam Carroll   Narain Karthikeyan

Due to Zandvoort's noise restriction, Netherlands round wasn't able to conduct Friday sessions and so rookie session.[5] Saturday morning was dedicated to practice sessions and Saturday afternoon to qualify sessions for each Sunday race.

TestsEdit

Test Date Country Circuit
1 28 August 2007   United Kingdom Silverstone
2 29 August 2007   United Kingdom Silverstone
3 18 September 2007   United Kingdom Silverstone
4 19 September 2007   United Kingdom Silverstone

Rule changesEdit

  • Qualifying will remain the current format, however the first two qualifying sessions will determine the grid for the sprint race while the second two qualifying sessions will determine the grid for the feature race.[6]
  • There are now 2 pit stops required in the feature race.[7]
  • The feature race remains a distance of 69 minutes plus one lap, while the sprint race has increased to 29 minutes plus one lap.[7]
  • Points are now assigned in the same manner for both the sprint and feature races using the following format with one bonus point awarded for the fastest lap in each race.
  • Prize awarded in both sprint and feature races.
Sprint Feature
Pos. Points Prize Points Prize
1 15 $100,000 15 $200,000
2 12 $70,000 12 $130,000
3 10 $50,000 10 $100,000
4 8 $35,000 8 $75,000
5 6 $30,000 6 $50,000
6 5 $20,000 5 $40,000
7 4 $15,000 4 $25,000
8 3 $10,000 3 $20,000
9 2 $7,000 2 $13,000
10 1 $3,000 1 $7,000
Fast lap 1 1

Since round 5, in Taupo, a 30 per cent biofuel mix was introduce.[8] This environmental initiative is the first initiative to help reduce its environmental footprint in motorsport series. The new fuel is an ethanol-based product Hiperflo E30 sourced from sugar beet in Europe and produced by Petrochem Carless. The prediction are a CO2 emissions reduction by 21% per car.

A new light close to the entry of pit lane is introduce since round 5, in Taupo[9] when safety car is out. When the lights are on, drivers can pit but it is not counted as one of the two mandatory stops. Pits are allowed for mechanical work to be carried out.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Drivers   NLD   CZE   MYS   ZHU   NZL   AUS   RSA   MEX   SHA   GBR Pts
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
1   Switzerland Neel Jani 5 3 8 3 1 1 2 6 Ret 13 10 2 3 1 3 19 1 5 4 3 168
2   New Zealand Jonny Reid 9 7 1 1 5 8 10 2 1 4 2 9 20 10 1 12 Ret 4 8 8 127
3   Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 7 1 6 12 6 5 2 11 2 2 126
Robbie Kerr 2 17 Ret Ret 16 3 9 9 1 2
4   France Loïc Duval 2 5 2 2 8 7 3 3 1 Ret 11 2 118
Nicolas Lapierre 6 5
Jonathan Cochet 12 13
Franck Montagny 12 8 10 5
5   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 1 2 4 16 10 Ret Ret 3 4 7 7 1 13 7 Ret 6 7 16 7 11 96
6   Ireland Ralph Firman 8 6 94
Adam Carroll 3 6 7 7 4 16 6 5 15 13 15 Ret 4 1 11 3 3 13
7   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 3 8 5 2 18 4 9 Ret 5 8 9 8 5 4 8 4 17 18 9 6 87
8   Germany Christian Vietoris 6 9 7 8 2 1 83
Michael Ammermüller 16 EX 1 4 4 7 EX Ret Ret 20 6 10 20 Ret
9   Canada James Hinchcliffe 19 18 12 11 15 17 75
Robert Wickens 3 Ret 15 Ret Ret 2 3 6 1 12 7 5 2 20
10   India Narain Karthikeyan 10 Ret 21 9 11 6 7 1 10 Ret 11 11 13 9 5 7 5 1 61
Parthiva Sureshwaren 17 Ret
11   Portugal João Urbano 11 Ret 9 18 13 Ret 19 12 8 12 12 16 59
Filipe Albuquerque 7 3 6 7 3 2 6 7
12   USA Buddy Rice 22 13 16 15 56
Jonathan Summerton 12 10 12 10 7 14 5 Ret 10 Ret 5 3 21 1 2 12
13   China Cong Fu Cheng 17 15 10 4 Ret 5 3 9 14 Ret 14 10 4 6 17 10 10 15 21 4 55
14   Brazil Sérgio Jimenez 13 11 11 7 4 3 18 Ret 13 6 8 4 44
Bruno Junqueira Ret 9 10 8
Alexandre Negrão 14 13 16 14
15   Malaysia Alex Yoong 16 Ret 17 14 9 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 15 4 6 25
Fairuz Fauzy 20 17 9 5 13 Ret
16   Mexico Salvador Durán 4 4 22
Michel Jourdain Jr. 13 22 20 11
David Garza Perez 16 11 17 9 17 18 8 Ret 16 14
Jorge Goeters 20 21
David Martínez 20 16
17   Australia Ian Dyk 21 12 Ret 13 Ret 9 13 15 20
John Martin 9 Ret 6 5 6 14 Ret 21 15 14 14 Ret
18   Italy Enrico Toccacelo 12 14 14 10 8 Ret 12
Edoardo Piscopo 11 Ret 12 Ret 13 14 14 8 11 Ret 8 12 17 9
19   Czech Republic Erik Janiš 15 10 18 12 15 15 10
Tomáš Enge 5 8 Ret 11 18 15
Josef Král 18 Ret
Filip Salaquarda Ret 16 13 11 12 15
20   Pakistan Adam Khan 18 17 15 20 17 14 14 14 11 10 Ret 12 12 Ret Ret 18 16 17 18 Ret 1
21   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 20 16 19 19 19 16 17 Ret 16 Ret 21 20 16 Ret 14 11 19 19 19 10 1
22   Lebanon Chris Alajajian 14 19 14 Ret Ret 13 15 Ret 19 19 0
Khalil Beschir 20 21 19 13 22 18
Jimmy Auby 15 17 18 22
Pos Team Drivers spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea Pts
  NLD   CZE   MYS   ZHU   NZL   AUS   RSA   MEX   SHA   GBR
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. ^ Swiss female set to be rookie choice Archived October 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine a1gp.com (September 19, 2007)
  2. ^ Female rookie for Switzerland Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine a1gp.com (October 11, 2007)
  3. ^ Sepang, Malaysia, Rookies combined Archived 2007-11-26 at the Wayback Machine results.a1gp.com (November 23, 2007)
  4. ^ Indonesia's new engineering squad a1gp.com (January 20, 2008)
  5. ^ Zandvoort: A1 Team by Team Race Preview Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine paddocktalk.com (September 28, 2007)
  6. ^ New qualifying and points system a1gp.com (August 29, 2007)
  7. ^ a b Feature race gets second pit stop a1gp.com (August 29, 2007)
  8. ^ Biofuel confirmed for Taupo a1gp.com (December 18, 2007)
  9. ^ Safety car pit light introduced a1gp.com (January 18, 2008)

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