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A1 Team Netherlands was the Dutch team of A1 Grand Prix, an international racing series.

A1 Team Netherlands
Netherlands
Founded2005
Seat holder(s)Jan Lammers
Team principal-
Race driver(s)Jeroen Bleekemolen
Robert Doornbos
Jos Verstappen
Renger van der Zande
Car nickname-
First race2005–06 Great Britain
Rounds entered39 (77 starts)
Championships0
Sprint race victories3
Feature race victories1
Pole positions5
Fastest laps1
Total points294
2008-09 position4th (75 pts)

ManagementEdit

A1 Team Netherlands' owner was former Formula One driver and Le Mans winner Jan Lammers. The team was managed by Lammers's racing team Racing for Holland, notable for their participation in the 24 hours of Le Mans and FIA sportscars series.

HistoryEdit

The 2005-06 season had a difficult start for Team Netherlands. In the first two sprint races the car was hit in the first turn on both the Brands Hatch and EuroSpeedway circuits. Despite these setbacks, Jos Verstappen showed impressive overtaking action in the main races moving from the back of the grid to the seventh position. The season continued with average results, with 4th up to 19th positions as end results.

The street circuit of Durban, South Africa brought the first victory for A1 Team Netherlands as in the last turn of the main race, Jos Verstappen managed to take the lead from the Swiss car. A similar manoeuvre that failed during the sprint race forced Verstappen to start from the 16th place on the grid.

In 2006-07 Team Netherlands finished 5th in the championship, with one victory.

In 2007-08 Team Netherlands finished 7th in the championship, with 2 podiums.

For the 2008-09 season Jeroen Bleekemolen returned as a driver, alongside A1GP rookie Robert Doornbos. Both drivers alternated races, starting with Bleekemolen at Zandvoort.[1] Team Netherlands finished 4th in the championship, with both drivers having scored one victory in a sprint race.

DriversEdit

Name Seasons Rounds
(Starts)
Titles Wins Sprint
wins
Feature
wins
2nd 3rd Poles Fastest
Laps
Points
Jeroen Bleekemolen 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 24 (47 starts) 2 2 2 1 4 187[* 1]
Robert Doornbos 2008-09 3 (5 starts) 1 1 1 1 1 1 31
Renger van der Zande 2006-07 2 (3 starts) 7
Jos Verstappen 2005-06 11 (22 starts) 1 1 1 69
  1. ^ This includes the 6 points scored during the 2008–09 Malaysian 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.(results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

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 Racing for Holland Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
 
GBR
 
GER
 
POR
 
AUS
 
MYS
 
UAE
 
RSA
 
INA
 
MEX
 
USA
 
CHN
69 7th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Jos Verstappen Ret 7 Ret 7 4 Ret 7 4 5 16 11 9 16 1 7 6 4 2 14 Ret Ret 17
2006–07 Racing for Holland Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
 
NED
 
CZE
 
BEI
 
MYS
 
INA
 
NZL
 
AUS
 
RSA
 
MEX
 
SHA
 
GBR
57 5th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Jeroen Bleekemolen 9 4 11 9 1 Ret 7 9 13 DSQ 4 5 5 4 4 6 17 6 5
Renger van der Zande 9 9 4
2007–08 Racing for Holland Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
 
NED
 
CZE
 
MYS
 
ZHU
 
NZL
 
AUS
 
RSA
 
MEX
 
SHA
 
GBR
87 7th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Jeroen Bleekemolen 3 8 5 2 18 4 9 Ret 5 8 9 8 5 4 8 4 17 18 9 6
2008–09 Racing for Holland Ferrari,
Ferrari,
Michelin
 
NED
 
CHN
 
MYS
 
NZL
 
RSA
 
POR
 
GBR
75 4th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Jeroen Bleekemolen 4 5 6 8 1 4 6 2
Robert Doornbos 2 16 3 5 1 DNS

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Netherlands names its drivers". a1gp.com. 2008-09-18. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-09-18.

External linksEdit