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2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations
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The 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season was the fourth and final season of the A1 Grand Prix formula.

Ferrari supplied the engines for all entrants and advised on aspects of the chassis, based on its championship-winning F2004.

A1 Team Ireland became the fourth A1GP champions, after a title battle which went down to the final round in Great Britain. Ireland won with 112 points, with team driver Adam Carroll taking five victories at Chengdu, Sepang, Taupo and the series finale at Brands Hatch during the shortened 14 race season. Three rounds were cancelled for various reasons. The following season was cancelled.

A1 Team Switzerland finished the season in second place with 95 points and four wins by its driver Neel Jani. Third by just three points was A1 Team Portugal, whose driver Filipe Albuquerque took one race win.

Dutch pairing Jeroen Bleekemolen and Robert Doornbos each took a win to take A1 Team Netherlands to fourth position in the team standings with Fairuz Fauzy and Loïc Duval taking the remaining wins for A1 Team Malaysia and A1 Team France respectively.

TeamsEdit

During the 2007–08 Shanghai race weekend, it was announced at an official ceremony that Korea would be participating in the 2008–09 season.[1] Jung-Yong Kim of Omnibus Investment is the seat holder[citation needed], with Good EMG supporting the project. Carlin Motorsport ran the racing team.

On 29 August 2008, it was announced that A1 Team Monaco would competing in season four. The joint seat holders were Hubertus Bahlsen, and former F3 and GP2 driver Clivio Piccione, who took on the driving duties.[2]

Two teams appeared in A1GP documentation throughout the season but did not race.[3] Wade Cherwayko's A1 Team Canada appeared on paper but the team did not show for any races and Adam Khan[4] tested the A1 Team Pakistan car on a number of occasions but did not travel to any races.

The 21 teams that started a race in the 2008–09 championship were:

Race Team Team Seat holder Race drivers Rounds Other drivers
  Alan Docking Racing   A1 Team Australia Alan Jones   John Martin All   Ashley Walsh
  Andretti Green Racing   A1 Team USA Michael Andretti   Charlie Kimball 1   Robbie Pecorari
  Marco Andretti 2-6
  J.R. Hildebrand 7
  Argo Racing Cars Ltd.   A1 Team India Ravi Chilukuri   Narain Karthikeyan 2-7   Armaan Ebrahim
  Parthiva Sureshwaren
  A1 Team Lebanon Tameem Auchi   Daniel Morad All   Jimmy Auby
  Boer Racing Services   A1 Team Portugal Luís Vicente   Filipe Albuquerque All   António Félix da Costa
  Armando Parente
  A1 Team Switzerland Max Welti   Neel Jani All   Alexandre Imperatori
  Carlin Motorsport   A1 Team Korea Jung-Yong Kim   Hwang Jin-Woo 1-3
  Connor Racing   A1 Team France Jean Paul Driot   Loïc Duval 1, 3-4
  Nicolas Prost 2, 5-7
  A1 Team South Africa Tokyo Sexwale   Adrian Zaugg 1-6   Gavin Cronje
  Cristiano Morgado
  Alan van der Merwe 7
  DSM   A1 Team Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi   Felipe Guimarães All   Ana Beatriz
  A1 Team New Zealand Colin Giltrap   Earl Bamber 1, 3, 5-7
  Chris van der Drift 2, 4
  Escuderia del Mediterraneo   A1 Team Mexico Julio Jauregui Saad   Davíd Garza Pérez 2-3   Juan Pablo Garcia
  Salvador Durán 4-7
  A1 Team Great Britain   A1 Team Great Britain Tony Clements
John Surtees
  Danny Watts 2-3, 5   Aaron Steele
  James Winslow
  Dan Clarke 4, 6-7
  GU-Racing International   A1 Team Germany Rolf Beisswanger   Michael Ammermüller 5, 7
  André Lotterer 6
  A1 Team Malaysia   A1 Team Malaysia Alex Yoong   Fairuz Fauzy 1-6
  Aaron Lim 7
  A1 Team Monaco   A1 Team Monaco Clivio Piccione
Hubertus Bahlsen
  Clivio Piccione All   Hubertus Bahlsen
  Performance Racing   A1 Team Indonesia Bagoes Hermanto   Satrio Hermanto 1-4, 7
  Zahir Ali 5-6
  Racing for Holland   A1 Team The Netherlands Jan Lammers   Jeroen Bleekemolen 1, 3, 5, 7   Dennis Retera
  Robert Doornbos 2, 4, 6
  Team Astromega   A1 Team China Liu Yu   Ho-Pin Tung 1-3, 5-6   Adderly Fong
  Congfu Cheng 4, 7
  Team Ghinzani   A1 Team Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani   Fabio Onidi 1   Stefano Coletti
  Christian Montanari
  Edoardo Piscopo 2-5
  Vitantonio Liuzzi 6-7
  Status Grand Prix   A1 Team Ireland Mark Gallagher, Teddy Yip Jr.,

John Hynes and David Kennedy

  Adam Carroll All   Niall Quinn

New "Powered by Ferrari" carEdit

On 11 October 2007, A1GP and Ferrari announced a six-year collaboration on the new generation of A1GP cars. The new "Powered by Ferrari" car is a modification of the Formula One Ferrari F2004 chassis with a V8 Ferrari engine producing 600 bhp.[5] The car was officially revealed in Southern England, and driven for the first time by John Watson in an inaugural event in May 2008. Michelin supplied the tyres for the new car.[6]

The car was developed and tested over more than 5600 kilometres at Mugello Circuit, Fiorano Circuit, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Circuito Guadix, Silverstone Circuit, Donington Park, Circuit Paul Ricard and Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. Andrea Bertolini was the main test driver, but testing was carried out by Marc Gené, Patrick Friesacher, Jonny Kane and Danny Watts during the sessions at Silverstone Circuit.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

Off-season tests and car presentationsEdit

On August 2–3, 2008, the first press and public presentation of the A1GP Powered by Ferrari car was held on the TT Circuit Assen with former A1 Team Netherlands driver, Renger van der Zande.[13] Two weeks after, the car was presented in Rotterdam during the Bavaria City Racing Festival. The A1 Team Netherlands car was driven by Carlo van Dam.[14]

Pre-season tests of the new 'powered by Ferrari' car took place on consecutive weekends in September at Donington Park, Mugello and Snetterton.[15][16]

Rule changesEdit

A number of rules were changed for the 2008–09 season.[17]

  • The four qualifying sessions were reduced in length from fifteen minutes to ten minutes each.
  • Teams may now utilise a "joker" qualifying lap (from Malaysia onwards). In one of the four qualifying sessions the team may elect to utilise their joker – for the flying lap in that session, the driver is granted the availability of the PowerBoost button for the entire lap.[18]
  • The Sprint Race has been increased from 19 minutes plus one lap, to 24 minutes plus one lap, as well as a mandatory pit-stop being added between laps four and eight, brought into effect starting in Malaysia.
  • The Sprint Race now only scores the top eight positions: 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
  • Only the best 8 race weekends will count towards the championship. Both the Sprint and Feature race points from one event will be dropped by teams that race all 9 events. This is to ensure that teams that will miss Zandvoort due to the lack of cars, will still have a fair chance at the title.[19]

An update to the sporting regulations means that technical details of the fastest lap in any session (practice or qualifying) will be made available to all teams after the session ends.[20] This is to allow slower or weaker teams to learn how they can improve their own lap times, making the "field spread" that much smaller.

Several detailed changes to the Friday "rookie sessions" were released on 1 September 2008:[21]

  • The age limit for rookie drivers (driver had to be younger than 25), has been abolished.
  • Drivers who have competed in Formula One, GP2, the IndyCar Series, Formula Nippon, or the former Champ Car World Series cannot participate in the rookie session.
  • Total track time is increased from 50 minutes to an hour.
  • The gap between the two half sessions is increased from 10 to 20 minutes.

Season calendarEdit

The season started at the Circuit Park Zandvoort, Netherlands on 5 October 2008.

Further timetable details were announced on 9 June 2008.[22]

On 21 August 2008, the Italy race at Mugello was moved back following a delay in the build schedule of the new chassis, and Zandvoort was named as the first race of the season.[23] A replacement date was not announced.[24]

Further timetable changes were announced on 26 August 2008. The Chinese round was confirmed to be held at Chengdu Goldenport Circuit, and swapped places in the calendar with the Indonesian round at Jakarta.[25] Subsequent to that, the Indonesian race was moved back further, to 8 February due to track construction.[25]

On 9 September 2008, Brands Hatch was confirmed as hosting the race in Great Britain at the end of the season. It was also announced that as a replacement date for the Mugello race could not be found, the race was removed from the season's schedule.[16]

According to a revised international FIA calendar issued on 19 December, the A1GP season finale is to be held at Interlagos on the weekend of 15–17 May 2009.[26]

Round 5 at Lippo Village, Indonesia was cancelled on January 16 due to the circuit missing a construction deadline, mainly caused by a heavy rain season.[27] The Mexican round was also moved back by one week, so as to avoid clashing with a Radiohead music concert, which was to take place in the baseball stadium inside the circuit at the original date.[28]

On February 17, 2009, the A1GP Gauteng official preview reported that the Mexico City round was no longer to take place on the weekend of March 20–22 and a replacement date was being sought.[29] eTicket.com.mx advertised the event as it should take place on the weekend of the 22–24 May, and was confirmed on March 31, 2009, subject to the FIA-stipulated changes to the Peraltada corner.[30][31]

On the 5th of March, the proposed Interlagos race was removed from the circuit's official calendar, presumably signalling an end to A1GP's plans to run a race meeting there.[32]

On April 29, 2009, it was confirmed that the Mexican round was cancelled due to an outbreak of swine flu.[33][34]

Round Date Country Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner Report
S 21 September 2008   Italy Autodromo Internazionale di Mugello Cancelled Report
F
1 S 5 October 2008   Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort   Jeroen Bleekemolen   Loïc Duval   Fairuz Fauzy Report
F   Fairuz Fauzy   Charlie Kimball   Loïc Duval
2 S 9 November 2008   China Chengdu International Circuit   Adam Carroll   Adam Carroll   Adam Carroll Report
F   Danny Watts   Robert Doornbos   Filipe Albuquerque
3 S 23 November 2008   Malaysia Sepang International Circuit   Neel Jani   Neel Jani   Neel Jani Report
F   Adam Carroll   Adam Carroll   Adam Carroll
4 S 25 January 2009   New Zealand Taupo Motorsport Park   Adam Carroll   Neel Jani   Adam Carroll Report
F   Adam Carroll   Filipe Albuquerque   Neel Jani
S 8 February 2009   Indonesia Jakarta Street Circuit Cancelled Report
F
5 S 22 February 2009   South Africa Kyalami   Jeroen Bleekemolen   Filipe Albuquerque   Jeroen Bleekemolen Report
F   Clivio Piccione   Fairuz Fauzy   Neel Jani
6 S 12 April 2009   Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve   Vitantonio Liuzzi   Adam Carroll   Robert Doornbos Report
F   Robert Doornbos   Adam Carroll   Neel Jani
7 S 3 May 2009   Great Britain Brands Hatch   Adam Carroll   Adam Carroll   Adam Carroll Report
F   Adam Carroll   John Martin   Adam Carroll
S 24 May 2009   Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Cancelled Report
F

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Drivers   NLD   CHN   MYS   NZL   RSA   POR   GBR T. Pts Drop Pts
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
1   Ireland Adam Carroll Ret Ret 1 2 5 1 1 2 4 Ret 2 5 1 1 112 112
2   Switzerland Neel Jani 5 Ret 4 4 1 Ret 2 1 3 1 15 1 8 3 99 4 95
3   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 9 Ret 6 1 4 2 6 3 2 5 3 2 5 5 92 92
4   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 4 5 6 8 1 4 6 2 81 6 75
Robert Doornbos 2 16 3 5 1 DNS
5   France Loïc Duval 3 1 2 14 4 6 47 47
Nicolas Prost 8 Ret 10 Ret 13 6 9 10
6   Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 1 2 13 5 15 10 8 10 9 NC 8 3 43 43
Aaron Lim 16 Ret
7   New Zealand Earl Bamber 2 3 3 6 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 36 36
Chris van der Drift 7 11 5 13
8   Australia John Martin 12 4 11 6 8 4 Ret 4 12 13 10 12 7 8 36 36
9   Monaco Clivio Piccione Ret 6 9 7 12 Ret 16 Ret 5 3 5 Ret Ret 4 35 35
10   Great Britain Danny Watts 3 3 Ret 16 Ret 7 28 28
Dan Clarke 12 12 11 7 13 7
11   United States Charlie Kimball 8 10 24 24
Marco Andretti 15 8 Ret 3 11 11 17 8 12 Ret
J. R. Hildebrand 4 14
12   India Narain Karthikeyan 10 10 Ret Ret 9 7 6 12 6 11 2 Ret 19 19
13   Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 16 15 14 15 19 19
Salvador Durán 15 Ret 16 Ret 9 4 3 6
14   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 6 Ret 5 9 9 5 10 9 7 Ret 17 Ret 19 19
Alan van der Merwe 15 11
15   Brazil Felipe Guimarães 14 Ret 20 Ret Ret 7 14 15 15 2 7 DNS DNS DNS 18 18
16   Italy Fabio Onidi 7 Ret 17 17
Edoardo Piscopo 14 Ret 7 11 7 8 11 10
Vitantonio Liuzzi 4 Ret 10 9
17   Lebanon Daniel Morad 10 8 12 13 11 12 Ret Ret NC 6 Ret Ret Ret 12 8 8
18   China Ho-Pin Tung 13 9 17 12 10 9 13 Ret 16 8 7 7
Congfu Cheng Ret 14 14 Ret
19   Korea Hwang Jin-Woo Ret 7 19 17 DNS DNS 4 4
20   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto Ret Ret 18 14 13 13 13 Ret 12 13 3 3
Zahir Ali 18 9 14 10
21   Germany Michael Ammermüller 14 11 11 Ret 2 2
André Lotterer Ret 9
Pos Team Drivers spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea T. Pts Drop Pts
  NLD   CHN   MYS   NZL   RSA   POR   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

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