2005–06 A1 Grand Prix season

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2005–06 A1 Grand Prix of Nations
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Competing countries (orange), race locations (squares)

The 2005–06 A1 Grand Prix season was the inaugural season for the A1 Grand Prix series. It began on 25 September 2005, and finished on 2 April 2006 after eleven races.

This first season was won by A1 Team France on 12 March 2006.

Teams[edit]

25 teams, each representing a different country, signed up for the first A1 Grand Prix season. All teams used a control chassis (Lola), engine (Zytek) and tyre (Cooper Avon). The following teams competed in the 2005–06 championship:

Team Race Team Seat holder Race drivers Others drivers
Australia A1 Team Australia Alan Docking Racing[1] Alan Jones[1] Will Power
Christian Jones
Will Davison
Marcus Marshall
Ryan Briscoe
Karl Reindler
Austria A1 Team Austria Team Rosberg Niki Lauda[2] with
Lauda Motorsport Management
Mathias Lauda
Patrick Friesacher
Brazil A1 Team Brazil ASM F3[1] Ronaldo[1]
Emerson Fittipaldi[1]
Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Christian Fittipaldi
Fabio Carbone
João Paulo de Oliveira
Tuka Rocha
Canada A1 Team Canada John Village Automotive[1] Wade Cherwayko[1] Sean McIntosh
Patrick Carpentier
China A1 Team China Team Astromega[3] Liu Yu[1] Tengyi Jiang
Qinghua Ma
Czech Republic A1 Team Czech Republic Charouz Racing System Antonin Charouz[1] Jan Charouz
Tomáš Enge
Jaroslav Janiš
France A1 Team France DAMS[4] Jean Paul Driot[1] Alexandre Prémat
Nicolas Lapierre
Germany A1 Team Germany Super Nova Racing[1] Willi Weber[1] Timo Scheider
Adrian Sutil
Sebastian Stahl
Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom A1 Team Great Britain Arden International[1] Tony Clements
John Surtees[1]
Robbie Kerr
Darren Manning
Alex Lloyd
Katherine Legge
India A1 Team India Akbar Ebrahim Atul Gupta[1] Karun Chandhok
Armaan Ebrahim
Indonesia A1 Team Indonesia A1 Team Indonesia N/A Ananda Mikola
Republic of Ireland A1 Team Ireland A1 Team Ireland Mark Kershaw[5] Michael Devaney
Ralph Firman
Italy A1 Team Italy Team Ghinzani[1] Piercarlo Ghinzani[1] Enrico Toccacelo
Max Busnelli
Max Papis
Nino Piccoli
Richard Antinucci
Matteo Cressoni
Andrea Montermini
Raffaele Giammaria
Japan A1 Team Japan Carlin Motorsport[6] conglomerate[1] Ryo Fukuda
Hideki Noda
Hayanari Shimoda
Lebanon A1 Team Lebanon Carlin Motorsport[1] Tameem Auchi[1] Kalil Beschir
Basil Shaaban
Graham Rahal
Malaysia A1 Team Malaysia A1 Team Malaysia Alex Yoong[1] Fairuz Fauzy
Alex Yoong
Mexico A1 Team Mexico DAMS[4] Juan Cortina[1]
Julio Jáuregui[7]
Salvador Durán
David Martínez
Luis Diaz
Netherlands A1 Team The Netherlands Racing for Holland[8] Jan Lammers[8] Jos Verstappen Jeroen Bleekemolen
New Zealand A1 Team New Zealand West Surrey Racing[9] Colin Giltrap[1] Matt Halliday
Jonny Reid
Scott Dixon
Pakistan A1 Team Pakistan Super Nova Racing[10] Arif Hussain (racing)[1] Adam Khan
Enrico Toccacelo(1)
Portugal A1 Team Portugal Carlin Motorsport[1] Luís Figo[1]
Carlos Queiroz[1]
Álvaro Parente
César Campaniço
João Urbano
João Barbosa
Russia A1 Team Russia Russian Age Racing[11] Svetlana Strelnikova[1]
Frederic Dor
Alexey Vasilyev
Mikhail Aleshin
Roman Rusinov
Nikolai Fomenko
Alexander Tyuryumin
South Africa A1 Team South Africa BCN Competicion[12] Tokyo Sexwale[12] Stephen Simpson
Tomas Scheckter
Gavin Cronje
Switzerland A1 Team Switzerland DAMS[13] Max Welti[1] Neel Jani
Giorgio Mondini
United States A1 Team USA David Price Racing[14] Rick Weidlinger[14] Scott Speed
Bryan Herta
Philip Giebler

Races[edit]

The first A1 Grand Prix season consisted of 11 races, all held in different countries. Each race ran over a three day weekend, including a practice session on each of Friday and Saturday before a qualifying session on Saturday, and then two races on Sunday.

Round Date Country Circuit Sprint Winner Main Winner Report
1 25 September 2005 United Kingdom United Kingdom Brands Hatch Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil Report
2 9 October 2005 Germany Germany EuroSpeedway Lausitz France France France France Report
3 23 October 2005 Portugal Portugal Autódromo do Estoril France France France France Report
4 6 November 2005 Australia Australia Eastern Creek Raceway France France France France Report
5 20 November 2005 Malaysia Malaysia Sepang International Circuit France France France France Report
6 11 December 2005 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Dubai Autodrome Switzerland Switzerland France France Report
7 29 January 2006 South Africa South Africa Durban street circuit France France Netherlands Netherlands Report
8 12 February 2006 Indonesia Indonesia Sentul International Circuit France France Canada Canada Report
9 26 February 2006 Mexico Mexico Parque Fundidora Monterrey France France France France Report
10 12 March 2006 United States United States of America Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico Report
11 2 April 2006 China China Shanghai International Circuit Malaysia Malaysia Czech Republic Czech Republic Report

The Indonesian Round had originally been scheduled to be held on 15 January 2006, but was postponed due to the death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The replacement date was set as 12 February 2006 (originally scheduled for the cancelled Curitiba race), resulting in effectively switching order with the South African round.

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Drivers United Kingdom GBR Germany GER Portugal POR Australia AUS Malaysia MYS United Arab Emirates UAE South Africa RSA Indonesia IDN Mexico MEX United States USA China CHN Pts
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
1 France France Alexandre Prémat 2 DNS 1 1 1 1 1 8 1 1 7 172
Nicolas Lapierre 1 1 1 1 7 1 1 8 2 Ret 6
2 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 9 Ret 2 5 3 2 6 3 2 2 1 Ret 3 2 5 5 2 3 121
Giorgio Mondini 16 13 Ret Ret
3 United Kingdom Great Britain Robbie Kerr 5 Ret Ret 2 Ret 12 5 2 3 Ret 9 2 2 Ret 2 10 11 6 4 3 97
Darren Manning 2 15
4 New Zealand New Zealand Matt Halliday 3 4 14 16 6 6 15 13 6 4 8 7 Ret 8 8 12 8 4 77
Jonny Reid 4 4 14 8
5 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 13 8 Ret 8 74
Alex Yoong 5 6 16 8 5 5 10 Ret Ret Ret 4 2 7 11 Ret 10 1 2
6 Brazil Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 1 1 3 Ret 2 8 3 9 4 10 Ret Ret Ret 9 71
Christian Fittipaldi 20 4 14 12 13 Ret 10 Ret
7 Netherlands Netherlands Jos Verstappen Ret 7 Ret 7 4 Ret 7 4 5 16 11 9 16 1 7 6 4 2 14 Ret Ret 17 69
8 Republic of Ireland Ireland Michael Devaney 10 Ret 4 14 4 Ret 68
Ralph Firman 9 6 19 3 7 9 4 Ret 4 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 5 6
9 Portugal Portugal Álvaro Parente 8 Ret Ret 11 6 5 2 7 9 18 8 4 8 3 19 Ret Ret 10 3 4 66
César Campaniço 13 12
10 Mexico Mexico Salvador Durán 6 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 18 8 3 Ret Ret Ret 1 1 3 8 59
David Martínez 8 13 10 Ret
Luis Diaz 19 15
11 Canada Canada Sean McIntosh 19 9 7 3 7 Ret 9 Ret 15 Ret 5 6 12 10 Ret 1 59
Patrick Carpentier 9 15 6 5 Ret 7
12 Czech Republic Czech Republic Jan Charouz 18 Ret 56
Tomáš Enge 11 Ret 5 9 Ret Ret 16 3 3 Ret 5 Ret 10 13 5 7 18 Ret 6 1
13 Australia Australia Will Power 4 2 51
Christian Jones 15 14 16 Ret
Will Davison Ret 6 11 6 Ret 11 21 10 9 Ret
Marcus Marshall 16 3
Ryan Briscoe 10 8 9 3
14 Italy Italy Enrico Toccacelo 16 Ret 17 Ret 11 7 10 Ret 17 4 2 11 3 4 16 9 46
Massimiliano Busnelli Ret 6 14 Ret
Max Papis 19 7
15 Germany Germany Timo Scheider 14 10 5 10 12 8 7 Ret 12 12 8 5 7 2 38
Adrian Sutil 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12
Sebastian Stahl 15 18
16 United States USA Scott Speed 11 Ret Ret Ret 13 4 23
Bryan Herta 15 10 10 7 6 13 9 Ret
Philip Giebler 13 Ret 13 Ret 15 9 14 10
17 South Africa South Africa Stephen Simpson 24 6 Ret Ret Ret 12 12 3 Ret 5 Ret 11 Ret 18 11 Ret 11 14 20
Tomas Scheckter 12 Ret 10 Ret
18 Indonesia Indonesia Ananda Mikola 17 Ret 14 8 9 Ret Ret 14 6 Ret Ret Ret 11 14 12 16 Ret Ret 5 Ret 16
19 Austria Austria Mathias Lauda 20 11 13 15 16 10 19 Ret 18 Ret 17 7 16 7 13 Ret 12 9 Ret 13 14
Patrick Friesacher 10 9
20 Pakistan Pakistan Adam Khan 7 Ret Ret 12 Ret 15 12 11 13 Ret 16 Ret 12 5 10
Enrico Toccacelo 11 Ret
21 Japan Japan Ryo Fukuda 12 8 8
Hideki Noda 10 9
Hayanari Shimoda 18 Ret 14 13 14 15 9 Ret Ret Ret
22 China China Tengyi Jiang 21 12 18 17 Ret 14 16 Ret 20 Ret 19 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 17 17 Ret 6
Qinghua Ma 14 16
23 Lebanon Lebanon Khalil Beschir 22 Ret Ret 18 Ret 17 0
Basil Shaaban 18 11 Ret 12 Ret 16 17 Ret 17 Ret
Graham Rahal 13 14 Ret Ret 18 11
24 India India Karun Chandhok 15 DNS 16 Ret 0
Armaan Ebrahim 17 13 17 13 11 EX 20 14 14 Ret 18 15
25 Russia Russia Alexey Vasilyev 23 Ret 0
Mikhail Aleshin 15 17
Roman Rusinov 13 Ret
Pos Team Drivers spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea Pts
United Kingdom GBR Germany GER Portugal POR Australia AUS Malaysia MYS United Arab Emirates UAE South Africa RSA Indonesia IDN Mexico MEX United States USA China CHN
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Team-by-team guide to the A1 Grand Prix series telegraph.co.uk (23 September 2005)
  2. ^ New option to Formula One: A1 Grand Prix usatoday.com (22 September 2005)
  3. ^ Team history team-astromega.com
  4. ^ a b Duran and Perez for Mexico pitpass.com (26 September 2006)
  5. ^ A1 Team Ireland has secured a title sponsor for 2007/08 season motorsport.com (12 September 2007)
  6. ^ PR: Austria, Italy and Japan Join A1GP v8central.com (21 September 2005)
  7. ^ Manejaría en la Sultana del Norte espndeportes.espn.go.com (5 February 2006)
  8. ^ a b Netherlands entry unveiled motorsport.com (5 September 2005)
  9. ^ Murchison's Singapore pledge channelnewsasia.com (8 September 2006)
  10. ^ Team pakistan aiming to change a nation's image telegraph.co.uk (Septembre 23, 2005)
  11. ^ Стартовала новая гоночная серия A1 Grand Prix rargt.com (25 September 2005)
  12. ^ a b Team SA all set for debut A1 GP motoring.iafrica.com (19 September 2005)
  13. ^ Team SA nab DAMS services motoring.iafrica.com (30 August 2006)
  14. ^ a b Estoril: Friday quotes pitpass.com (21 October 2005)

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