2007–08 A1 Grand Prix season

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The 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix season was the third in the relatively short history of the championship.

Teams[edit]

All teams used same A1 Grand Prix car including Zytek-powered, Cooper Avon-shod and Lola chassis. The following 22 teams are competitors in the 2007-08 championship :

Team Race team Seat holder Race drivers Rookie drivers
[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
pre-season
test drivers[10][11]
Australia A1 Team Australia Alan Docking Racing[12] Alan Jones Ian Dyk
John Martin
John Martin Ian Dyk
John Martin
Daniel Ricciardo
Brazil A1 Team Brazil Argo Racing Cars Ltd.[13] Emerson Fittipaldi Sérgio Jimenez
Bruno Junqueira
Alexandre Negrão
Clemente Faria
Felipe Guimarães
Sérgio Jimenez
Alexandre Negrão
Sérgio Jimenez
Bruno Junqueira
Raphael Matos
Canada A1 Team Canada Status Grand Prix[14] Wade Cherwayko James Hinchcliffe
Robert Wickens
Daniel Morad
Robert Wickens
James Hinchcliffe
Robert Wickens
China A1 Team China Team Astromega[15] Liu Yu Congfu Cheng Marchy Ying-Kin Lee Congfu Cheng
Marchy Ying-Kin Lee
Qinghua Ma
Lin Po-Heng
Czech Republic A1 Team Czech Republic Charouz Racing System[16] Antonin Charouz Tomáš Enge
Erik Janiš
Josef Král
Filip Salaquarda
Erik Janiš
Jaroslav Janiš
Josef Král
Filip Salaquarda
Jan Charouz
Tomáš Enge
Erik Janiš
Jaroslav Janiš
Filip Salaquarda
France A1 Team France Connor Racing[17] Jean Paul Driot Jonathan Cochet
Loïc Duval
Nicolas Lapierre
Franck Montagny
Jonathan Cochet
Nicolas Prost
Loïc Duval
Nicolas Lapierre
Guillaume Moreau
Nicolas Prost
Jean Karl Vernay
Germany A1 Team Germany DSM[18] Willi Weber Michael Ammermüller
Christian Vietoris
Michael Ammermüller
Michael Klein
Christian Vietoris
Christian Vietoris
United Kingdom A1 Team Great Britain A1 Team Great Britain[19] Tony Clements Oliver Jarvis
Robbie Kerr
Oliver Jarvis
Duncan Tappy
Danny Watts
James Winslow
Oliver Jarvis
Robbie Kerr
Oliver Turvey
India A1 Team India Arena Motorsport[20] Ravi Chilukuri Narain Karthikeyan
Parthiva Sureshwaren
Parthiva Sureshwaren Narain Karthikeyan
Parthiva Sureshwaren
Indonesia A1 Team Indonesia A1 Team Indonesia
then Performance Racing[21]
N/A Satrio Hermanto Satrio Hermanto Satrio Hermanto
Republic of Ireland A1 Team Ireland Status Grand Prix[22] Mark Kershaw Adam Carroll
Ralph Firman
Adam Carroll
Niall Quinn
Adam Carroll
Ralph Firman
Italy A1 Team Italy Team Ghinzani[23] Piercarlo Ghinzani Enrico Toccacelo
Edoardo Piscopo
Paolo Bossini
Edoardo Piscopo
Frankie Provenzano
Davide Rigon
Paolo Bossini
Edoardo Piscopo
Giuseppe Termine
Enrico Toccacelo
Lebanon A1 Team Lebanon Argo Racing Cars Ltd.[24] Tameem Auchi Chris Alajajian
Jimmy Auby
Khalil Beschir
Chris Alajajian
Jimmy Auby
Khalil Beschir
Chris Alajajian
Jimmy Auby
Khalil Beschir
Malaysia A1 Team Malaysia A1 Team Malaysia[25] Alex Yoong Fairuz Fauzy
Alex Yoong
Fairuz Fauzy
Aaron Lim
Fairuz Fauzy
Aaron Lim
Alex Yoong
Mexico A1 Team Mexico Team Craft[26] Juan Cortina & Julio Jáuregui Salvador Durán
Jorge Goeters
Davíd Garza Pérez
Michel Jourdain Jr.
David Martínez
Davíd Garza Pérez
Michel Jourdain Jr.
David Martínez
Juan Pablo Garcia
Arturo González
Esteban Gutierrez
Picho Toledano
Netherlands A1 Team The Netherlands Racing for Holland[27] Jan Lammers Jeroen Bleekemolen Arie Luyendyk Jr. Jeroen Bleekemolen
Arie Luyendyk Jr.
New Zealand A1 Team New Zealand DSM[28] Colin Giltrap Jonny Reid Earl Bamber
Brendon Hartley
Chris van der Drift
Brendon Hartley
Jonny Reid
Pakistan A1 Team Pakistan Performance Racing[29] Arif Hussain Adam Khan Adam Khan
Portugal A1 Team Portugal A1 Team Portugal[30] Luís Vicente Filipe Albuquerque
João Urbano
Filipe Albuquerque
Gonçalo Araújo
Frederico Duarte
Bruno Serra
João Urbano
João Urbano
South Africa A1 Team South Africa Connor Racing[31] Tokyo Sexwale Adrian Zaugg Wesleigh Orr Wesleigh Orr
Adrian Zaugg
Switzerland A1 Team Switzerland Max Motorsport Consulting[32] Max Welti Neel Jani Tom Dillmann
Rahel Frey
Natacha Gachnang
Alexandre Imperatori
Sébastien Buemi
Rahel Frey
Natacha Gachnang
Neel Jani
United States A1 Team USA A1 Team USA[33] Rick Weidinger Buddy Rice
Jonathan Summerton
Charlie Kimball Charlie Kimball
Buddy Rice
Jonathan Summerton

Swiss drivers Rahel Frey and Natacha Gachnang are the two first females to drive A1 Grand Prix cars this season. Their first steps were test drivers during Silverstone, September 18–19, 2007, test session.[34] Then Natacha Gachnang drove in rookie sessions in Czech round, on October 12, 2007[35] and Rahel Frey in Malaysian rookie sessions, on November 23, 2007[36]

Since January 2008, the Performance Racing manage A1 Team Indonesia.[37] Bagoes Hermanto, brother of Satrio Hermanto, became the new Team Principal.

Season calendar and winners[edit]

Round Race Date Country Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner Report
1 Sprint 30 September 2007 Netherlands Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa Report
Feature South Africa South Africa Mexico Mexico United Kingdom Great Britain
2 Sprint 14 October 2007 Czech Republic Czech Republic Brno Circuit South Africa South Africa New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand Report
Feature Netherlands Netherlands China China New Zealand New Zealand
3 Sprint 25 November 2007 Malaysia Malaysia Sepang International Circuit Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Report
Feature Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland
4 Sprint 16 December 2007 China China Zhuhai International Circuit Germany Germany Switzerland Switzerland Germany Germany Report
Feature Switzerland Switzerland United Kingdom Great Britain India India
5 Sprint 20 January 2008 New Zealand New Zealand Taupo Motorsport Park New Zealand New Zealand Germany Germany New Zealand New Zealand Report
Feature France France Switzerland Switzerland Germany Germany
6 Sprint 3 February 2008 Australia Australia Eastern Creek Raceway France France France France France France Report
Feature New Zealand New Zealand South Africa South Africa South Africa South Africa
7 Sprint 24 February 2008 South Africa South Africa Durban street circuit Canada Canada New Zealand New Zealand Canada Canada Report
Feature Switzerland Switzerland China China Switzerland Switzerland
8 Sprint 16 March 2008 Mexico Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez South Africa South Africa China China New Zealand New Zealand Report
Feature Canada Canada United Kingdom Great Britain Republic of Ireland Ireland
9 Sprint 13 April 2008 China China Shanghai International Circuit Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Report
Feature Switzerland Switzerland Canada Canada United States USA
10 Sprint 4 May 2008 United Kingdom Great Britain Brands Hatch United Kingdom Great Britain China China United Kingdom Great Britain Report
Feature India India Republic of Ireland Ireland India India

Due to Zandvoort's noise restriction, Netherlands round wasn't able to conduct Friday sessions and so rookie session.[38] Saturday morning was dedicated to practice sessions and Saturday afternoon to qualify sessions for each Sunday race.

Tests[edit]

Test Date Country Circuit
1 28 August 2007 United Kingdom United Kingdom Silverstone
2 29 August 2007 United Kingdom United Kingdom Silverstone
3 18 September 2007 United Kingdom United Kingdom Silverstone
4 19 September 2007 United Kingdom United Kingdom Silverstone

Rule changes[edit]

  • Qualifying will remain the current format, however the first two qualifying sessions will determine the grid for the sprint race while the second two qualifying sessions will determine the grid for the feature race.[39]
  • There are now 2 pit stops required in the feature race.[40]
  • The feature race remains a distance of 69 minutes plus one lap, while the sprint race has increased to 29 minutes plus one lap.[40]
  • Points are now assigned in the same manner for both the sprint and feature races using the following format with one bonus point awarded for the fastest lap in each race.
  • Prize awarded in both sprint and feature races.
Sprint Feature
Pos. Points Prize Points Prize
1 15 $100,000 15 $200,000
2 12 $70,000 12 $130,000
3 10 $50,000 10 $100,000
4 8 $35,000 8 $75,000
5 6 $30,000 6 $50,000
6 5 $20,000 5 $40,000
7 4 $15,000 4 $25,000
8 3 $10,000 3 $20,000
9 2 $7,000 2 $13,000
10 1 $3,000 1 $7,000
Fast lap 1 1

Since round 5, in Taupo, a 30 per cent biofuel mix was introduce.[41] This environmental initiative its the first initiatives to help reduce its environmental footprint in motorsport series. The new fuel its an ethanol based product Hiperflo E30 sourced from sugar beet in Europe and produced by Petrochem Carless. The prediction are a CO2 emissions reduction by 21% per car.

A new light close to the entry of pit lane is introduce since round 5, in Taupo[42] when safety car is out. When the lights are on, drivers can pit but its not counted as one of the two mandatory stops. Pits are allowed for mechanical work to be carried out.

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Drivers Netherlands NLD Czech Republic CZE Malaysia MYS China ZHU New Zealand NZL Australia AUS South Africa RSA Mexico MEX China SHA United Kingdom GBR Pts
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
1 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 5 3 8 3 1 1 2 6 Ret 13 10 2 3 1 3 19 1 5 4 3 168
2 New Zealand New Zealand Jonny Reid 9 7 1 1 5 8 10 2 1 4 2 9 20 10 1 12 Ret 4 8 8 127
3 United Kingdom Great Britain Oliver Jarvis 7 1 6 12 6 5 2 11 2 2 126
Robbie Kerr 2 17 Ret Ret 16 3 9 9 1 2
4 France France Loïc Duval 2 5 2 2 8 7 3 3 1 Ret 11 2 118
Nicolas Lapierre 6 5
Jonathan Cochet 12 13
Franck Montagny 12 8 10 5
5 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 1 2 4 16 10 Ret Ret 3 4 7 7 1 13 7 Ret 6 7 16 7 11 96
6 Republic of Ireland Ireland Ralph Firman 8 6 94
Adam Carroll 3 6 7 7 4 16 6 5 15 13 15 Ret 4 1 11 3 3 13
7 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 3 8 5 2 18 4 9 Ret 5 8 9 8 5 4 8 4 17 18 9 6 87
8 Germany Germany Christian Vietoris 6 9 7 8 2 1 83
Michael Ammermüller 16 EX 1 4 4 7 EX Ret Ret 20 6 10 20 Ret
9 Canada Canada James Hinchcliffe 19 18 12 11 15 17 75
Robert Wickens 3 Ret 15 Ret Ret 2 3 6 1 12 7 5 2 20
10 India India Narain Karthikeyan 10 Ret 21 9 11 6 7 1 10 Ret 11 11 13 9 5 7 5 1 61
Parthiva Sureshwaren 17 Ret
11 Portugal Portugal João Urbano 11 Ret 9 18 13 Ret 19 12 8 12 12 16 59
Filipe Albuquerque 7 3 6 7 3 2 6 7
12 United States USA Buddy Rice 22 13 16 15 56
Jonathan Summerton 12 10 12 10 7 14 5 Ret 10 Ret 5 3 21 1 2 12
13 China China Cong Fu Cheng 17 15 10 4 Ret 5 3 9 14 Ret 14 10 4 6 17 10 10 15 21 4 55
14 Brazil Brazil Sérgio Jimenez 13 11 11 7 4 3 18 Ret 13 6 8 4 44
Bruno Junqueira Ret 9 10 8
Alexandre Negrão 14 13 16 14
15 Malaysia Malaysia Alex Yoong 16 Ret 17 14 9 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 15 4 6 25
Fairuz Fauzy 20 17 9 5 13 Ret
16 Mexico Mexico Salvador Durán 4 4 22
Michel Jourdain Jr. 13 22 20 11
David Garza Perez 16 11 17 9 17 18 8 Ret 16 14
Jorge Goeters 20 21
David Martínez 20 16
17 Australia Australia Ian Dyk 21 12 Ret 13 Ret 9 13 15 20
John Martin 9 Ret 6 5 6 14 Ret 21 15 14 14 Ret
18 Italy Italy Enrico Toccacelo 12 14 14 10 8 Ret 12
Edoardo Piscopo 11 Ret 12 Ret 13 14 14 8 11 Ret 8 12 17 9
19 Czech Republic Czech Republic Erik Janiš 15 10 18 12 15 15 10
Tomáš Enge 5 8 Ret 11 18 15
Josef Král 18 Ret
Filip Salaquarda Ret 16 13 11 12 15
20 Pakistan Pakistan Adam Khan 18 17 15 20 17 14 14 14 11 10 Ret 12 12 Ret Ret 18 16 17 18 Ret 1
21 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 20 16 19 19 19 16 17 Ret 16 Ret 21 20 16 Ret 14 11 19 19 19 10 1
22 Lebanon Lebanon Chris Alajajian 14 19 14 Ret Ret 13 15 Ret 19 19 0
Khalil Beschir 20 21 19 13 22 18
Jimmy Auby 15 17 18 22
Pos Team Drivers spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea Pts
Netherlands NLD Czech Republic CZE Malaysia MYS China ZHU New Zealand NZL Australia AUS South Africa RSA Mexico MEX China SHA United Kingdom 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Czech Republic, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (October 12, 2007)
  2. ^ Malaysia, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (November 23, 2007)
  3. ^ Zhuhai, China, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (December 14, 2007)
  4. ^ New Zealand, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (January 18, 2008)
  5. ^ Australia, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (February 1, 2008)
  6. ^ South Africa, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (February 22, 2008)
  7. ^ Mexico, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (March 14, 2008)
  8. ^ Shanghai, China, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (April 11, 2008)
  9. ^ Great Britain, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (May 2, 2008)
  10. ^ Confirmed drivers for 28-29 August 2007 test session results.a1gp.com (August 29, 2007)
  11. ^ Confirmed drivers for 18-19 Sep. 2007 test session results.a1gp.com (September 19, 2007)
  12. ^ Index alandockingracing.com
  13. ^ [1] A1GP Press
  14. ^ [2] A1GP Press
  15. ^ [3] team-astromega.com
  16. ^ A1GP - World Cup of Motorsport racing.charouz.cz
  17. ^ [4] A1GP Press
  18. ^ [5] A1GP Press
  19. ^ [6] A1GP Press
  20. ^ [7] A1GP Press
  21. ^ The new A1 Team Indonesia... performance-racing.se
  22. ^ [8] A1GP Press
  23. ^ [9] A1GP Press
  24. ^ [10] A1GP Press
  25. ^ [11] A1GP Press
  26. ^ [12] A1GP Press
  27. ^ [13] A1GP Press
  28. ^ [14] A1GP Press
  29. ^ [15] A1GP Press
  30. ^ [16] A1GP Press
  31. ^ [17] A1GP Press
  32. ^ [18] A1GP Press
  33. ^ [19] A1GP Press
  34. ^ Swiss female set to be rookie choice a1gp.com (September 19, 2007)
  35. ^ Female rookie for Switzerland a1gp.com (October 11, 2007)
  36. ^ Sepang, Malaysia, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (November 23, 2007)
  37. ^ Indonesia's new engineering squad a1gp.com (January 20, 2008)
  38. ^ Zandvoort: A1 Team by Team Race Preview paddocktalk.com (September 28, 2007)
  39. ^ New qualifying and points system a1gp.com (August 29, 2007)
  40. ^ a b Feature race gets second pit stop a1gp.com (August 29, 2007)
  41. ^ Biofuel confirmed for Taupo a1gp.com (December 18, 2007)
  42. ^ Safety car pit light introduced a1gp.com (January 18, 2008)

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