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2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Malaysia

The 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Malaysia was an A1 Grand Prix race to held at Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Malaysia.

Flag of Malaysia.svg 2008–09 A1GP of Malaysia
Sepang.svg
Race Details
Race 3 of 7 in the 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season
DateNovember 23, 2008
LocationSepang International Circuit
Sepang, Malaysia
WeatherDry
Sprint race
Qualifying
PoleFlag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Time1'47.154
Podium
1stFlag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
2ndFlag of France.svg France (Loïc Duval)
3rdFlag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (Earl Bamber)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (Neel Jani)
Time1'48.550, (Lap 8)
Feature race
Qualifying
PoleFlag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Time1'47.124
Podium
1stFlag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
2ndFlag of Portugal.svg Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque)
3rdFlag of the United States.svg USA (Marco Andretti)
Fastest Lap
FLFlag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Time1'48.563, (Lap 25)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

Pre-raceEdit

Because Great Britain, India and Mexico had only joined the season at the Chinese round, they were permitted to take part in a special practice session on November 20.[1] In the wet conditions, Narain Karthikeyan was the fastest driver just in front of Danny Watts. Davíd Garza Pérez was 3 seconds slowest.

DriversEdit

QualifyingEdit

The qualifying sessions were the first to utilise the new "joker" Qualifying lap rule – where the driver has PowerBoost available for use over an entire qualifying lap, to be used in any session at the team's discretion.[8]

Sprint race qualifying[9]
Pos Team Time Gap
1   Switzerland 1'47.154
2   France 1'47.747 +0.593
3   New Zealand 1'47.779 +0.625
4   Portugal 1'48.930 +1.776
5   Italy 1'49.007 +1.853
6   Great Britain 1'49.076 +1.922
7   Ireland 1'49.197 +2.043
8   Mexico 1'49.293 +2.139
9   Netherlands 1'49.323 +2.169
10   India 1'49.350 +2.196
11   South Africa 1'49.528 +2.374
12   USA 1'49.650 +2.496
13   Malaysia 1'49.753 +2.599
14   Brazil 1'50.085 +2.931
15   Monaco 1'50.171 +3.017
16   Australia (1) 1'49.998 +2.844
17   China 1'50.274 +3.120
18   Lebanon 1'50.382 +3.228
19   Indonesia 1'51.423 +4.269
20   Korea no time
Feature race qualifying[10]
Pos Team Time Gap
1   Ireland 1'47.124
2   Great Britain 1'47.340 +0.216
3   Lebanon 1'47.645 +0.521
4   Malaysia 1'47.648 +0.524
5   Portugal 1'47.680 +0.556
6   Netherlands 1'47.825 +0.701
7   India 1'47.848 +0.724
8   USA 1'47.866 +0.742
9   France 1'47.993 +0.869
10   China 1'48.126 +1.002
11   Monaco 1'48.242 +1.118
12   Brazil 1'48.323 +1.199
13   Australia 1'48.586 +1.462
14   Indonesia 1'48.839 +1.715
15   New Zealand 1'48.866 +1.742
16   Switzerland 1'48.980 +1.856
17   South Africa 1'49.061 +1.937
18   Mexico 1'49.537 +2.413
19   Italy 1'49.885 +2.761
20   Korea no time

  • (1) : Australia received a two-place grid penalty for the Sprint race for using a non-approved part in practice.[11]

Sprint RaceEdit

Following a major crash at the first start, involving   USA,   Brazil and   India, and the pack slowed down after it seemed to have accelerated off, the race was delayed 30 minutes for track cleanup, and reduced to 11 laps.

This Sprint Race was the first this season to utilise the new Sprint Race pit-stop rule, the windows always set for Laps 4–8.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   Switzerland Neel Jani 11 22'41.567 10 +1
2   France Loïc Duval 11 +9.912 8
3   New Zealand Earl Bamber 11 +11.813 6
4   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 11 +12.453 5
5   Ireland Adam Carroll 11 +13.205 4
6   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 11 +15.399 3
7   Italy Edoardo Piscopo 11 +19.947 2
8   Australia John Martin 11 +21.437 1
9   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 11 +27.674
10   China Ho-Pin Tung 11 +29.492
11   Lebanon Daniel Morad 11 +32.049
12   Monaco Clivio Piccione 11 +32.406
13   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 11 +38.959
14   Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 11 +55.055
15   Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 10 +1 lap
Ret   Great Britain Danny Watts 4 Gearbox
Ret   Brazil Felipe Guimarães 0 Accident
Ret   India Narain Karthikeyan 0 Accident
Ret   USA Marco Andretti 0 Accident
DNS   Korea Hwang Jin-Woo Did Not Start

Race red-flagged after the start because of accident.

Feature RaceEdit

The second pit stop window was set for Laps 20–28.   Switzerland were sent to the back of the grid for having a brake cooler in too long before the start, and a pit crew violation during the Sprint Race pit-stop.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1   Ireland Adam Carroll 34 1:05'52.205 15 +1
2   Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 34 +15.996 12
3   USA Marco Andretti 34 +47.637 10
4   Australia John Martin 34 +51.679 8
5   South Africa Adrian Zaugg 34 +52.106 6
6   New Zealand Earl Bamber 34 +54.354 5
7   Brazil Felipe Guimarães 34 +57.369 4
8   Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 34 +57.490 3
9   China Ho-Pin Tung 34 +59.158 2
10   Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 34 +1'03.888 1
11   Italy Edoardo Piscopo 34 +1'06.145
12   Lebanon Daniel Morad 34 +1'14.990
13   Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 34 +1'15.761
14   France Loïc Duval 34 +1'16.463
15   Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 34 +1'30.001
16   Great Britain Danny Watts 28 +6 laps
Ret   Monaco Clivio Piccione 2 Mechanical
Ret   India Narain Karthikeyan 0 Collision
Ret   Switzerland Neel Jani 0 Collision
DNS   Korea Hwang Jin-Woo Did Not Start

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Trio get extra Sepang testing". a1gp.com. 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  2. ^ "2008/09, Sepang, Malaysia, Rookies combined". a1gp.com. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  3. ^ "Australia names new rookie". a1gp.com. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "OFFICIAL PREVIEW: Sepang". a1gp.com. 2008-11-17. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  5. ^ a b "Fauzy confirmed for home race". a1gp.com. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  6. ^ "Bamber back in Black Beauty". a1gp.com. 2008-11-17. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  7. ^ [1][permanent dead link] sapo.pt
  8. ^ "Teams to get joker qualifying lap". a1gp.com. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-11-21.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "2008/09, Sepang, Malaysia, Sprint: starting grid". a1gp.com. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
  10. ^ "2008/09, Sepang, Malaysia, Feature: starting grid". a1gp.com. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
  11. ^ "GRID: Sprint race". a1gp.com. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2008-11-22.

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