2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Zhuhai, China

The 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Zhuhai, China was an A1 Grand Prix race held on December 16, 2007 at the Zhuhai International Circuit, China. It was the fourth meeting in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season.

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007-08 A1GP of Zuhai, China
Zhuhai International Circuit track map.svg
Race Details
Race 4 of 10 in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season
DateDecember 16, 2007
LocationZhuhai International Circuit
Zhuhai, China
Sprint race
Qualifying
PoleFlag of Germany.svg Germany (M.Ammermüller)
Time1'23.203
Podium
1stFlag of Germany.svg Germany (M.Ammermüller)
2ndFlag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
3rdFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg China (Cong Fu Cheng)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Time1'24.418, (Lap 11)
Feature race
Qualifying
PoleFlag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Time1'23.465
Podium
1stFlag of India.svg India (Narain Karthikeyan)
2ndFlag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (Jonny Reid)
3rdFlag of South Africa.svg South Africa (Adrian Zaugg)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Oliver Jarvis)
Time1'24.703, (Lap 29)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

Pre-raceEdit

After suffering injuries in a sportscar racing accident in the United States, Tomáš Enge is back to drive the A1 Team Czech Republic car.[1] Erik Janis who drove since the first round in Zandvoort, this season, will be rookie driver.

QualificationsEdit

India and Narain Karthikeyan score the team's best-ever grid slot with a 3rd position in the Main Race.[2]

Sprint race qualifications
Pos Team Time Gap
1   Germany 1'23.203 -
2   Switzerland 1'23.425 +0.222
3   Ireland 1'23.675 +0.472
4   China 1'23.784 +0.581
5   Great Britain 1'23.850 +0.647
6   Czech Republic 1'23.921 +0.718
7   France 1'23.928 +0.725
8   Netherlands 1'23.965 +0.762
9   India 1'23.972 +0.769
10   Canada 1'24.029 +0.826
11   USA 1'24.104 +0.901
12   Brazil 1'24.141 +0.938
13   New Zealand 1'24.141 +0.938
14   South Africa 1'24.207 +1.004
15   Portugal 1'24.263 +1.060
16   Italy 1'24.307 +1.104
17   Malaysia 1'24.391 +1.188
18   Australia 1'24.770 +1.567
19   Indonesia 1'24.893 +1.690
20   Lebanon 1'24.915 +1.712
21   Pakistan 1'24.958 +1.755
22   Mexico 1'25.246 +2.043
Main race qualifications
Pos Team Time Gap
1   Switzerland 1'23.465 -
2   Great Britain 1'23.650 +0.185
3   India 1'23.767 +0.302
4   France 1'23.784 +0.319
5   Germany 1'23.890 +0.425
6   China 1'23.930 +0.465
7   USA 1'23.992 +0.527
8   Malaysia 1'24.036 +0.571
9   South Africa 1'24.100 +0.635
10   New Zealand 1'24.114 +0.649
11   Canada 1'24.149 +0.684
12   Portugal 1'24.250 +0.785
13   Ireland 1'24.294 +0.829
14   Brazil 1'24.328 +0.863
15   Lebanon 1'24.328 +0.863
16   Czech Republic 1'24.350 +0.885
17   Pakistan 1'24.378 +0.913
18   Netherlands 1'24.460 +0.995
19   Australia 1'24.538 +1.073
20   Indonesia 1'24.667 +1.202
21   Italy 1'24.810 +1.345
22   Mexico 1'24.886 +1.421

Sprint raceEdit

The start make it through but Australia, South Africa, Lebanon and Brazil and Malaysia are all involved in a multi-car crash in turn 5, lap 1 and the Safety car is out.[3] Brazil and South Africa collide and result the Lebanon is out, Malaysia and South Africa retire in the pit and Brazil loses a lap.
Safety car is in on lap 4 and the order is Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, China, Czech Republic and Great Britain. Switzerland come near Germany ; China is pushing Ireland hard. In lap 8, Neel Jani (Switzerland) sets the fastest lap and in lap 11 Cong Fu Cheng (China) passes Adam Carroll (Ireland) for 3rd. Ireland fights back until crossing the line.
New Zealand and Canada fight for 10th since Safety car is on and in lap 11, the two cars touch. Canada spins down to 15th. The same lap, Portugal crash at the final turn.
Germany wins its first race of the season in front of Switzerland, China, Ireland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, India, France, Netherlands and New Zealand. A1 Team China and Cong Fu Cheng enjoy their success in their home race.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Grid Points
1   Germany Michael Ammermüller 13 20'31.432 1 15
2   Switzerland Neel Jani 13 + 0.601 2 12+1
3   China Cong Fu Cheng 13 +4.632 4 10
4   Ireland Adam Carroll 13 +6.707 3 8
5   Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 13 +7.386 6 6
6   Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 13 +7.865 5 5
7   India Narain Karthikeyan 13 +8.661 9 4
8   France Loïc Duval 13 +9.033 7 3
9   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 13 +9.650 8 2
10   New Zealand Jonny Reid 13 +12.992 13 1
11   Italy Edoardo Piscopo 13 +14.709 16
12   USA Jonathan Summerton 13 +16.895 11
13   Australia Ian Dyk 13 +17.169 18
14   Pakistan Adam Langley-Khan 13 +20.944 21
15   Canada Robert Wickens 13 +21.784 10
16   Mexico David Garza Perez 13 +23.388 22
17   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 13 +23.792 19
18   Brazil Sérgio Jimenez 12 +1 Lap 12
19   Portugal João Urbano 10 +3 Laps 15
Ret   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 1 Damage 14
Ret   Malaysia Alex Yoong 1 Damage 17
Ret   Lebanon Chris Alajajian 0 Collision 20

Main raceEdit

Just before the race, it was announced that the second pit stop window will be between laps 25 and 33.[4] The race start at 15:00, local time. At the first turn, Ireland and Brazil collide and are delayed. Germany ran wide and lost a lot of places. Malaysia stranded out of the track after a collision with New Zealand and the Safety car is out in this first lap. Brazil, with smoke coming out of the car, Canada and Australia comes into pits meanwhile Edoardo Piscopo (Italy) his pulled off onto the side of the circuit.
Robert Wickens retire is car in pit because of mechanical failure the lap before the Safety car is in, on lap 5. Several fight in the next laps. New Zealand has passed China and then USA for 6th. The first pit stop window is open on lap 8 and the current standing is Great Britain, Switzerland with the current fastest lap, India, France, South Africa, New Zealand, China and USA.
Narain Karthikeyan(India), Loïc Duval (France) and Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) comes in pit. Neel Jani (Switzerland) still out for one more lap during the long pit stop of the British driver. The Netherlands damage the suspension and retire on lap 9. After most of the racers have made their first compulsory stop, Switzerland lead the race. Portugal stack up India, France, Great Britain and South Africa until it goes off on lap 14. The next lap, South Africa passes Great Britain for 5th. In lap 16, after Portugal pit, Switzerland lead from India, New Zealand, France, South Africa and Great Britain.
Australia is back on track after losing 3 laps in garage. France receive a drive-through penalty for clipping USA's left-rear airline as it left the pit box. Loïc Duval return on track on 15th. Chris Alajajian (Lebanon) clips a kerb, spin and lost a lot of time in lap 18. Lap 19, Adam Carroll (Ireland) pull into the pits and Satrio Hermanto (Indonesia) retire into the gravel. France is on a charge, is now 10th and take the fastest lap in lap 21.
The second pit stop window is now open on lap 25. Switzerland have a problem with the right rear tyre and bring the car to the pits but it lost time to take the wheel off. India is now leading. After a slow stop for Great Britain and India, Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) make the fastest lap on lap 29. China is going to be given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pits. Now, the standing is India front of New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and France.
Germany and Great Britain are pushing South Africa until the finish line. Cong Fu Cheng (China) is fighting with Jonathan Summerton (USA) since lap 37 and passes in lap 40 when USA has gone wide across the grass. Jonny Reid (New Zealand) is now close from Narain Karthikeyan (India). India wins and score the team's first ever win in A1GP,[5] it is the 14th nation to take a win. The final standing is India, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Great Britain with fastest lap, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, China and USA.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Grid Points
1   India Narain Karthikeyan 45 1:08'30.759 3 15
2   New Zealand Jonny Reid 45 +0.502 10 12
3   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 45 +4.128 9 10
4   Germany Michael Ammermüller 45 +4.907 5 8
5   Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 45 +5.267 2 6+1
6   Switzerland Neel Jani 45 +14.516 1 5
7   France Loïc Duval 45 +18.572 4 4
8   Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 45 +27.140 16 3
9   China Cong Fu Cheng 45 +27.579 6 2
10   USA Jonathan Summerton 45 +33.388 7 1
11   Mexico David Garza Perez 45 +49.353 22
12   Portugal João Urbano 45 +1'03.831 12
13   Lebanon Chris Alajajian 44 +1 Lap 15
14   Pakistan Adam Langley-Khan 44 +1 Lap 17
15   Australia Ian Dyk 42 +3 Laps 19
Ret   Ireland Adam Carroll 27 Collision 13
Ret   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 19 Accident 20
Ret   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 9 Suspension 18
Ret   Canada Robert Wickens 3 Accident 11
Ret   Italy Edoardo Piscopo 1 Damage 21
Ret   Brazil Sérgio Jimenez 1 Damage 14
Ret   Malaysia Ashswin Subbiah 0 Collision 8

After-raceEdit

After the first win of the A1 Team India in A1 Grand Prix this weekend, on feature race, Dr. Manmohan Singh, the nation's Prime Minister congratulate Narain Karthikeyan and the team.[6] In January 2008, just before the next round, in Taupo, New Zealand, Narain Karthikeyan meets Indian President, Pratibha Patil who congratulate him and the team's achievements in Zuhai.[7]

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tomas Enge is back! a1gp.com (December 11, 2007)
  2. ^ India takes best ever grid-slot a1gp.com (December 15, 2007)
  3. ^ Sprint race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (December 16, 2007)
  4. ^ Feature race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (December 16, 2007)
  5. ^ a b First win for A1 Team India a1gp.com (December 16, 2007)
  6. ^ India goes crazy for A1GP a1gp.com (December 30, 2007)
  7. ^ Narain meets Indian President a1gp.com (January 17, 2008)
  8. ^ a b Mexico to race newcomer Garza a1gp.com (December 10, 2007)
  9. ^ Piscopo to make Italy race debut a1gp.com (December 14, 2007)
  10. ^ Portugal names next three rookies Archived February 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine a1gp.com (December 3, 2007)
  11. ^ Brazil name Faria as Taupo rookie a1gp.com (December 5, 2007)
  12. ^ Swiss to use track expert rookie a1gp.com (December 11, 2007)
  13. ^ Quinn wins Ireland rookie role a1gp.com (December 5, 2007)
  14. ^ Jarvis back for Great Britain a1gp.com (December 7, 2007)

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