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A1 Team Switzerland is the Swiss team of A1 Grand Prix, an international racing series. The team were the A1 Grand Prix champions for the third season, 2007-08.

A1 Team Switzerland
Switzerland
Founded2005
Seat holder(s)Max Welti
Team principal-
Race driver(s)Neel Jani
Car nickname-
First race2005-06 Great Britain
Rounds entered39 (78 starts)
Championships1
Sprint race victories5
Feature race victories5
Pole positions10
Fastest laps8
Total points438
2008-09 position2nd (95 pts)

ManagementEdit

A1 Team Switzerland owner is Max Welti.

HistoryEdit

In the inaugural season, Team Switzerland were "best of the rest", with a victory and ten podiums, finishing 2nd in the championship.

Team Switzerland lost their competitive edge in 2006-07, with only a single race victory, and finishing 8th in the championship.

After a spectacular 2007–08 season, Neel Jani single-handedly clinched the championship for Team Switzerland, with four victories and seven podiums.

In 2008–09, after having scored 4 wins and 3 other podium finishes, Neel Jani scored a total of 95 points for Team Switzerland. At the end of the season, the team finished second in the championship, 17 points behind the champions, Team Ireland, and just 3 points ahead of Team Portugal.

DriversEdit

Rahel Frey and Natacha Gachnang were the two first females to drive an A1 Grand Prix car during a race weekend.

They first drove as test drivers during a test session at Silverstone.[1] Natacha Gachnang drove in the rookie sessions in the 2007-08 Czech round, on October 12, 2007;[2] and Rahel Frey in the 2007-08 Malaysian rookie sessions, on November 23, 2007.[3]

Name Seasons Rounds
(Starts)
Titles Wins Sprint
wins
Feature
wins
2nd 3rd Poles Fastest
Laps
Points
Sébastien Buemi 2006-07 6 (12 starts) 31
Neel Jani 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08,
2008-09
30 (60 starts) 1 10 5 5 9 11 10 8 407[* 1]
Marcel Fässler 2006-07 1 (2 starts) 0
Giorgio Mondini 2005-06 2 (4 starts) 0
  1. ^ This includes the 4 points scored during the 2008–09 Dutch Grand Prix, where the team scored its worst result of the 2008–09 season and the points of which were therefore later deducted.

Complete A1 Grand Prix resultsEdit

(key), "spr" indicates the Sprint Race, "fea" indicates the Feature Race.

Year Racing
team
Chassis,
Engine,
Tyres
Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Points Rank
2005–06 DAMS Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
 
GBR
 
GER
 
POR
 
AUS
 
MYS
 
UAE
 
RSA
 
INA
 
MEX
 
USA
 
CHN
121 2nd
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Neel Jani 9 Ret 2 5 3 2 6 3 2 2 1 Ret 3 2 5 5 2 3
Giorgio Mondini 16 13 Ret Ret
2006–07 Max Motorsport Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
 
NED
 
CZE
 
BEI
 
MYS
 
INA
 
NZL
 
AUS
 
RSA
 
MEX
 
SHA
 
GBR
50 8th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Sébastien Buemi 10 8 8 10 5 4 4 7 4 9 Ret DSQ
Neel Jani 9 Ret 1 4 10 8 5 4
Marcel Fässler 10 14
2007–08 Max Motorsport Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
 
NED
 
CZE
 
MYS
 
ZHU
 
NZL
 
AUS
 
RSA
 
MEX
 
SHA
 
GBR
168 1st
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Neel Jani 5 3 8 3 1 1 2 6 Ret 13 10 2 3 1 3 19 1 5 4 3
2008–09 Boer Racing Services Ferrari,
Ferrari,
Michelin
 
NED
 
CHN
 
MYS
 
NZL
 
RSA
 
POR
 
GBR
95 2nd
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Neel Jani 5 Ret 4 4 1 Ret 2 1 3 1 15 1 8 3

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Germany
 
A1 Grand Prix Champion
2007-08
Succeeded by
Ireland