2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, China

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Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008–09 A1GP of China
Race Details
Race 2 of 7 in the 2008–09 A1GP season.
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Date November 9, 2008
Location Chengdu Goldenport Circuit
Chengdu, People's Republic of China
Weather clear
Sprint race
Qualifying
Pole Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Time 1'15.423
Podium
1st Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
2nd Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (Robert Doornbos)
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Danny Watts)
Fastest Lap
FL Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
Time 1'16.084, (Lap 17)
Feature race
Qualifying
Pole Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Danny Watts)
Time 1'15.325
Podium
1st Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal (Filipe Albuquerque)
2nd Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (Adam Carroll)
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (Danny Watts)
Fastest Lap
FL Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (Robert Doornbos)
Time 1'15.212, (Lap 33)
Official Classifications
PDF Booklet

The 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, China was an A1 Grand Prix race, held at Chengdu Goldenport Circuit, Chengdu, People's Republic of China.

All proceeds from this race were donated to the Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund, following the earthquake which devastated the region in May 2008.

Drivers[edit]

After missing the first race due to a lack of cars, A1 Teams Great Britain, India and Mexico took part in this race.[1] Both A1 Team Pakistan and A1 Team Germany will not make their season debut until the fourth round at Taupo. Team Pakistan require more changes to their chassis to render it suitable for their lead driver Adam Khan, while Team Germany is undergoing management restructuring.[1]

The status of A1 Team Canada was not announced, but they were removed from the race's drivers list on the A1GP website front page, and did not make an appearance. Their status for future events is still unknown.

Team Main Driver Rookie Driver[2]
Australia Australia John Martin
Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães Felipe Guimarães
Canada Canada Did Not Participate
China China Ho-Pin Tung
France France Nicolas Prost[3][4] Nicolas Prost
Germany Germany Did Not Participate
United Kingdom Great Britain Danny Watts[5] Danny Watts[5]
India India Narain Karthikeyan[6] Narain Karthikeyan
Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto Zahir Ali[7]
Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll Niall Quinn
Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo Christian Montanari[8]
South Korea Korea Hwang Jin-Woo Hwang Jin-Woo
Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad Daniel Morad
Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy[9] Aaron Lim[9]
Mexico Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez Davíd Garza Pérez
Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione
Netherlands The Netherlands Robert Doornbos[10] Dennis Retera[11]
New Zealand New Zealand Chris van der Drift[9] Chris van der Drift
Pakistan Pakistan Did Not Participate
Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg
Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani Alexandre Imperiatori
United States USA Marco Andretti[12][13] Marco Andretti

↑ Karthikeyan and Andretti were granted special dispensation to participate in the rookie session as neither team had completed as many testing miles as the other teams with the new car. Karthikeyan (F1) and Andretti (IRL ICS) are veteran drivers in one of the four series (F1, GP2, FN, IRL-ICS) which their drivers may not compete as A1GP rookies.[14]

Qualifying[edit]

Due to a delay in recovering the Italy Italian car after spinning into a gravel trp during the first qualifying session, the second qualifying session was cancelled, meaning all times from Q1 set the field for Q1, with Republic of Ireland Ireland taking their first ever pole position, ahead of Netherlands The Netherlands and Switzerland Switzerland.

Q4 was stopped briefly after a spin for France France. The session was resumed with teams able to make a run in time. Danny Watts for United Kingdom Great Britain took pole ahead of Republic of Ireland Ireland and Portugal Portugal.

Sprint race qualifying[15]
Pos Team Time Gap
1 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1'15.423
2 Netherlands Netherlands 1'15.492 +0.069
3 Switzerland Switzerland 1'15.683 +0.260
4 United Kingdom Great Britain 1'15.799 +0.376
5 Portugal Portugal 1'16.124 +0.701
6 France France 1'16.164 +0.741
7 South Africa South Africa 1'16.268 +0.845
8 New Zealand New Zealand 1'16.505 +1.082
9 India India 1'16.553 +1.130
10 Monaco Monaco 1'16.794 +1.371
11 Australia Australia 1'17.054 +1.631
12 Brazil Brazil 1'17.131 +1.708
13 Lebanon Lebanon 1'17.143 +1.720
14 Malaysia Malaysia 1'17.171 +1.748
15 Italy Italy 1'17.288 +1.865
16 United States USA 1'17.437 +2.014
17 Mexico Mexico 1'18.025 +2.602
18 China China 1'18.128 +2.703
19 Indonesia Indonesia 1'19.479 +4.056
20 South Korea Korea 1'20.102 +4.679
Feature race qualifying[16]
Pos Team Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Great Britain 1'15.325
2 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1'15.356 +0.031
3 Portugal Portugal 1'15.400 +0.075
4 Switzerland Switzerland 1'15.621 +0.296
5 South Africa South Africa 1'15.947 +0.622
6 Malaysia Malaysia 1'15.963 +0.638
7 Monaco Monaco 1'16.016 +0.691
8 Netherlands Netherlands 1'16.124 +0.799
9 Australia Australia 1'16.289 +0.964
10 Brazil Brazil 1'16.403 +1.078
11 United States USA 1'16.557 +1.232
12 France France 1'16.604 +1.279
13 Lebanon Lebanon 1'16.702 +1.377
14 Mexico Mexico 1'16.965 +1.660
15 New Zealand New Zealand 1'17.176 +1.851
16 India India 1'17.218 +1.893
17 China China 1'17.299 +1.974
18 Indonesia Indonesia 1'17.759 +2.434
19 Italy Italy 1'17.845 +2.520
20 South Korea Korea 1'18.875 +3.550

Sprint Race[edit]

For safety reasons, a pit stop was not required for the Sprint Race. In lap 2, Brazil Brazil is slowing and the Safety car is on while Felipe Guimarães reach the pits. In the same lap 2, China China spun and lost some positions but finally catch up and pass South Korea Korea in lap 7. when the Safety car is out, the order was Republic of Ireland Ireland, Netherlands Netherlands, United Kingdom Great Britain, Switzerland Switzerland, South Africa South Africa, Portugal Portugal, New Zealand New Zealand and France France. Those positions remain until the end of the race with the fastest lap for Republic of Ireland Adam Carroll.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 18 22'58.740 10 +1
2 Netherlands Netherlands Robert Doornbos 18 +2.037 8
3 United Kingdom Great Britain Danny Watts 18 +14.361 6
4 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 18 +14.619 5
5 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 18 +20.108 4
6 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 18 +20.475 3
7 New Zealand New Zealand Chris van der Drift 18 +27.224 2
8 France France Nicolas Prost 18 +27.923 1
9 Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione 18 +30.378
10 India India Narain Karthikeyan 18 +32.268
11 Australia Australia John Martin 18 +33.198
12 Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad 18 +34.293
13 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 18 +34.665
14 Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 18 +36.541
15 United States USA Marco Andretti 18 +38.102
16 Mexico Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 18 +42.511
17 China China Ho-Pin Tung 18 +49.611
18 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 18 +1'04.128
19 South Korea Korea Hwang Jin-Woo 18 +1'06.171
20 Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães 14 +4 laps

Feature Race[edit]

The second pit-stop window for the Feature Race was set for Laps 24–32.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 51 1:11'23.179 15
2 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 51 +0.571 12
3 United Kingdom Great Britain Danny Watts 51 +4.802 10
4 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 51 +7.157 8
5 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 51 +13.302 6
6 Australia Australia John Martin 51 +15.544 5
7 Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione 51 +16.236 4
8 United States USA Marco Andretti 51 +16.690 3
9 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 51 +18.030 2
10 India India Narain Karthikeyan 51 +18.579 1
11 New Zealand New Zealand Chris van der Drift 51 +19.675
12 China China Ho-Pin Tung 51 +20.126
13 Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad 51 +22.580
14 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 51 +31.285
15 Mexico Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 50 +1 lap
16 Netherlands Netherlands Robert Doornbos 50 +1 lap +1
17 South Korea Korea Hwang Jin-Woo 50 +1 lap
Ret France France Nicolas Prost 37 Spin
Ret Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 30 Mechanical
Ret Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães 13 Mechanical

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A1GP teams for next events". a1gp.com. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ 2008/09, Chengdu, China, Rookies combined forix.com
  3. ^ "Prost gets France drive". a1gp.com. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Nicolas Prost titulaire pour Chengdu". automoto365.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  5. ^ a b "Watts to make GBR race debut". a1gp.com. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Karthikeyan returns for India". a1gp.com. 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  7. ^ "Fresh rookie talent for Indonesia". a1gp.com. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  8. ^ "A New A1 Team Italy Rookie Driver". a1gp.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  9. ^ a b c "Title rivals name their drivers". a1gp.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  10. ^ "Netherlands names its drivers". a1gp.com. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  11. ^ "New circuit, new drivers". a1gp.com. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  12. ^ "Marco Andretti confirmed for USA". a1gp.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  13. ^ "First start for Andretti". indycar.com. 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  14. ^ "Switzerland's Friday feeling". a1gp.com. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  15. ^ 2008/09, Chengdu, China, Sprint: starting grid forix.com
  16. ^ 2008/09, Chengdu, China, Feature: starting grid forix.com

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