2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season

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The 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season was the fourth and final season in its short history. It was announced that Ferrari will be supplying the engines. All cars and official merchandise are contractually obligated to portray the slogan "Powered by Ferrari".

Ferrari had an advisory role with regard to chassis production, meaning that Ferrari themselves did not supply the chassis. The chassis were based on Ferrari's championship-winning F2004.

A1 Team Ireland became the fourth A1GP champions, after a title battle which went down to the final round in Great Britain. Ireland won with 112 points, with team driver Adam Carroll taking five victories at Chengdu, Sepang, Taupo and the series finale at Brands Hatch during the shortened 14 race season. Three rounds were cancelled for a variety of reasons, beginning a disturbing trend with A1 Grand Prix which plagued the following season which was cancelled altogether.

A1 Team Switzerland (95 points) whose driver Neel Jani took four wins, finished runner up at seasons completion, just three points ahead of A1 Team Portugal with their driver Filipe Albuquerque scoring 92 points to take a close third position after taking just one win throughout the season.

Dutch pairing Jeroen Bleekemolen and Robert Doornbos each took a win to take A1 Team Netherlands to fourth position in the team standings with Fairuz Fauzy and Loïc Duval taking the remaining wins for A1 Team Malaysia and A1 Team France respectively.

Teams[edit]

During the 2007–08 Shanghai race weekend, it was announced at an official ceremony that Korea would be participating in the 2008–09 season.[1] Jung-Yong Kim of Omnibus Investment is the seat holder[citation needed], with Good EMG supporting the project. Carlin Motorsport ran the racing team.

On 29 August 2008, it was announced that A1 Team Monaco would competing in season four. The joint seat holders were Hubertus Bahlsen, and former F3 and GP2 driver Clivio Piccione, who took on the driving duties.[2]

Two teams appeared in A1GP documentation throughout the season but did not race.[3] Wade Cherwayko's A1 Team Canada appeared on paper but the team failed to show for any races and Adam Khan[4] tested the A1 Team Pakistan car on a number of occasions but likewise did not travel to any races.

The 21 teams that started a race in the 2008–09 championship were:

Team Race team[citation needed] Seat holder(s)[citation needed] Race drivers Rookie drivers
[5][6][7][8][9]
Pre-season
Test drivers
Australia A1 Team Australia Alan Docking Racing[10] Alan Jones John Martin Ashley Walsh John Martin
Brazil A1 Team Brazil DSM[11] Emerson Fittipaldi Felipe Guimarães Felipe Guimarães
Ana Beatriz
China A1 Team China Team Astromega[12] Liu Yu Ho-Pin Tung
Cong Fu Cheng
Adderly Fong
France A1 Team France Connor Racing[13] Jean Paul Driot Loïc Duval
Nicolas Prost
Nicolas Prost
Germany A1 Team Germany GU-Racing International Rolf Beisswanger[14] Michael Ammermüller
André Lotterer
Michael Ammermüller
André Lotterer
United Kingdom A1 Team Great Britain A1 Team Great Britain[15] Tony Clements Danny Watts
Dan Clarke
Dan Clarke
Aaron Steele
Danny Watts
James Winslow
India A1 Team India Argo Racing Cars Ltd[16] Ravi Chilukuri Narain Karthikeyan Armaan Ebrahim
Narain Karthikeyan
Parthiva Sureshwaren
Indonesia A1 Team Indonesia Performance Racing[17] Bagoes Hermanto[18] Zahir Ali
Satrio Hermanto
Zahir Ali
Republic of Ireland A1 Team Ireland Status Grand Prix[19] Mark Gallagher, Teddy Yip, Jr.,
John Hynes and David Kennedy
Adam Carroll Niall Quinn Adam Carroll
Italy A1 Team Italy Team Ghinzani[20] Piercarlo Ghinzani[20] Vitantonio Liuzzi
Fabio Onidi
Edoardo Piscopo
Stefano Coletti
Vitantonio Liuzzi
Christian Montanari
Edoardo Piscopo
Fabio Onidi
South Korea A1 Team Korea Carlin Motorsport[21] Jung-Yong Kim Hwang Jin-Woo Hwang Jin-Woo Hwang Jin-Woo
Lebanon A1 Team Lebanon Argo Racing Cars Ltd[22] Tameem Auchi Daniel Morad Daniel Morad
Jimmy Auby
Daniel Morad
Malaysia A1 Team Malaysia A1 Team Malaysia[23] Alex Yoong Fairuz Fauzy
Aaron Lim
Aaron Lim Fairuz Fauzy
Mexico A1 Team Mexico Escuderia del Mediterraneo[24] Julio Jauregui Saad[25] Davíd Garza Pérez
Salvador Durán
Juan Pablo Garcia
Monaco A1 Team Monaco A1 Team Monaco[26] Clivio Piccione
Hubertus Bahlsen[2]
Clivio Piccione Hubertus Bahlsen Clivio Piccione
Netherlands A1 Team The Netherlands Racing Team Holland[27] Jan Lammers Jeroen Bleekemolen
Robert Doornbos
Dennis Retera Jeroen Bleekemolen
Robert Doornbos
New Zealand A1 Team New Zealand DSM[28] Colin Giltrap Earl Bamber
Chris van der Drift
Earl Bamber
Chris van der Drift
Earl Bamber
Chris van der Drift
Portugal A1 Team Portugal Boer Racing Services[29] Luís Vicente Filipe Albuquerque Filipe Albuquerque
Antonio Felix da Costa
Armando Parente
South Africa A1 Team South Africa Connor Racing[30] Tokyo Sexwale Adrian Zaugg
Alan van der Merwe
Gavin Cronje
Cristiano Morgado
Adrian Zaugg
Switzerland A1 Team Switzerland Boer Racing Services[31] Max Welti Neel Jani Alexandre Imperatori
United States A1 Team USA Andretti Green Racing[32] Michael Andretti[32] Charlie Kimball
Marco Andretti
J. R. Hildebrand
Marco Andretti
J. R. Hildebrand
Robbie Pecorari
Charlie Kimball

New "Powered by Ferrari" car[edit]

On 11 October 2007, A1GP and Ferrari announced a six year collaboration on the new generation of A1GP cars. The new "Powered by Ferrari" car is a modification of the Formula One Ferrari F2004 chassis with a V8 Ferrari engine producing 600 bhp.[33] The car was officially revealed in Southern England, and driven for the first time by John Watson in an inaugural event in May 2008. Michelin supplied the tyres for the new car.[34]

The car was developed and tested over more than 5600 kilometres at Mugello Circuit, Fiorano Circuit, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Circuito Guadix, Silverstone Circuit, Donington Park, Circuit Paul Ricard and Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. Andrea Bertolini was the main test driver, but testing was carried out by Marc Gene, Patrick Friesacher, Jonny Kane and Danny Watts during the sessions at Silverstone Circuit.[35][36][37][38][39][40]

Off-season tests and car presentations[edit]

On August 2–3, 2008, the first press and public presentation of the A1GP Powered by Ferrari car was held on the TT Circuit Assen with former A1 Team Netherlands driver, Renger van der Zande.[41] Two weeks after, the car was presented in Rotterdam during the Bavaria City Racing Festival. The A1 Team Netherlands car was driven by Carlo van Dam.[42]

Pre-season tests of the new 'powered by Ferrari' car took place on consecutive weekends in September at Donington Park, Mugello and Snetterton.[43][44]

Rule changes[edit]

A number of rules were changed for the 2008–09 season.[45]

  • The four qualifying sessions were reduced in length from fifteen minutes to ten minutes each.
  • Teams may now utilise a "joker" qualifying lap (from Malaysia onwards). In one of the four qualifying sessions the team may elect to utilise their joker – for the flying lap in that session, the driver is granted the availability of the PowerBoost button for the entire lap.[46]
  • The Sprint Race has been increased from 19 minutes plus one lap, to 24 minutes plus one lap, as well as a mandatory pit-stop being added between laps four and eight, brought into effect starting in Malaysia.
  • The Sprint Race now only scores the top eight positions: 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
  • Only the best 8 race weekends will count towards the championship. Both the Sprint and Feature race points from one event will be dropped by teams that race all 9 events. This is to ensure that teams that will miss Zandvoort due to the lack of cars, will still have a fair chance at the title.[47]

An update to the sporting regulations means that technical details of the fastest lap in any session (practice or qualifying) will be made available to all teams after the session ends.[48] This is to allow slower or weaker teams to learn how they can improve their own lap times, making the "field spread" that much smaller.

Several detailed changes to the Friday "rookie sessions" were released on 1 September 2008:[49]

  • The age limit for rookie drivers (driver had to be younger than 25), has been abolished.
  • Drivers who have competed in Formula One, GP2, the IndyCar Series, Formula Nippon, or the former Champ Car World Series cannot participate in the rookie session.
  • Total track time is increased from 50 minutes to an hour.
  • The gap between the two half sessions is increased from 10 to 20 minutes.

Season calendar[edit]

The season started at the Circuit Park Zandvoort, Netherlands on 5 October 2008.

Further timetable details were announced on 9 June 2008.[50]

On 21 August 2008, the Italy race at Mugello was moved back following a delay in the build schedule of the new chassis, and Zandvoort was named as the first race of the season.[51] A replacement date was not announced.[52]

Further timetable changes were announced on 26 August 2008. The Chinese round was confirmed to be held at Chengdu Goldenport Circuit, and swapped places in the calendar with the Indonesian round at Jakarta.[53] Subsequent to that, the Indonesian race was moved back further, to 8 February due to track construction.[53]

On 9 September 2008, Brands Hatch was confirmed as hosting the race in Great Britain at the end of the season. It was also announced that as a replacement date for the Mugello race could not be found, the race was removed from the season's schedule.[44]

According to a revised international FIA calendar issued on 19 December, the A1GP season finale is to be held at Interlagos on the weekend of 15–17 May 2009.[54]

Round 5 at Lippo Village, Indonesia was cancelled on January 16 due to the circuit missing a construction deadline, mainly caused by a heavy rain season.[55] The Mexican round was also moved back by one week, so as to avoid clashing with a Radiohead music concert, which was to take place in the baseball stadium inside the circuit at the original date.[56]

On February 17, 2009 A1GP Gauteng official preview reported that the Mexico City round was no longer to take place on the weekend of March 20–22 and a replacement date was being sought. eTicket.com.mx advertised the event as it should take place on the weekend of the 22–24 May, and was confirmed on March 31, 2009, subject to the FIA-stipulated changes to the Peraltada corner.[57]

On the 5th of March, the proposed Interlagos race was removed from the circuit's official calendar, presumably signalling an end to A1GP's plans to run a race meeting there.

On April 29, 2009, it was confirmed that the Mexican round was cancelled due to an outbreak of swine flu.[58]

Round Date Country Circuit Sprint Winner Feature Winner Report
21 September 2008 Italy Italy Autodromo Internazionale di Mugello CANCELLED Report
1 5 October 2008 Netherlands Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort Malaysia Malaysia France France Report
2 9 November 2008 China China Chengdu International Circuit Republic of Ireland Ireland Portugal Portugal Report
3 23 November 2008 Malaysia Malaysia Sepang International Circuit Switzerland Switzerland Republic of Ireland Ireland Report
4 25 January 2009 New Zealand New Zealand Taupo Motorsport Park Republic of Ireland Ireland Switzerland Switzerland Report
8 February 2009 Indonesia Indonesia Jakarta Street Circuit CANCELLED Report
5 22 February 2009 South Africa South Africa Kyalami[59] Netherlands Netherlands Switzerland Switzerland Report
6 12 April 2009 Portugal Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Netherlands Netherlands Switzerland Switzerland Report
7 3 May 2009 United Kingdom Great Britain Brands Hatch Republic of Ireland Ireland Republic of Ireland Ireland Report
24 May 2009 Mexico Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez CANCELLED Report

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Drivers Netherlands NLD China CHN Malaysia MYS New Zealand NZL South Africa RSA Portugal POR United Kingdom GBR T. Pts Drop Pts
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
1 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll Ret Ret 1 2 5 1 1 2 4 Ret 2 5 1 1 112 112
2 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 5 Ret 4 4 1 Ret 2 1 3 1 15 1 8 3 99 4 95
3 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 9 Ret 6 1 4 2 6 3 2 5 3 2 5 5 92 92
4 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 4 5 6 8 1 4 6 2 81 6 75
Robert Doornbos 2 16 3 5 1 DNS
5 France France Loïc Duval 3 1 2 14 4 6 47 47
Nicolas Prost 8 Ret 10 Ret 13 6 9 10
6 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 1 2 13 5 15 10 8 10 9 NC 8 3 43 43
Aaron Lim 16 Ret
7 New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber 2 3 3 6 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 36 36
Chris van der Drift 7 11 5 13
8 Australia Australia John Martin 12 4 11 6 8 4 Ret 4 12 13 10 12 7 8 36 36
9 Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione Ret 6 9 7 12 Ret 16 Ret 5 3 5 Ret Ret 4 35 35
10 United Kingdom Great Britain Danny Watts 3 3 Ret 16 Ret 7 28 28
Dan Clarke 12 12 11 7 13 7
11 United States United States Charlie Kimball 8 10 24 24
Marco Andretti 15 8 Ret 3 11 11 17 8 12 Ret
J. R. Hildebrand 4 14
12 India India Narain Karthikeyan 10 10 Ret Ret 9 7 6 12 6 11 2 Ret 19 19
13 Mexico Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 16 15 14 15 19 19
Salvador Durán 15 Ret 16 Ret 9 4 3 6
14 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 6 Ret 5 9 9 5 10 9 7 Ret 17 Ret 19 19
Alan van der Merwe 15 11
15 Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães 14 Ret 20 Ret Ret 7 14 15 15 2 7 DNS DNS DNS 18 18
16 Italy Italy Fabio Onidi 7 Ret 17 17
Edoardo Piscopo 14 Ret 7 11 7 8 11 10
Vitantonio Liuzzi 4 Ret 10 9
17 Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad 10 8 12 13 11 12 Ret Ret NC 6 Ret Ret Ret 12 8 8
18 China China Ho-Pin Tung 13 9 17 12 10 9 13 Ret 16 8 7 7
Congfu Cheng Ret 14 14 Ret
19 South Korea Korea Hwang Jin-Woo Ret 7 19 17 DNS DNS 4 4
20 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto Ret Ret 18 14 13 13 13 Ret 12 13 3 3
Zahir Ali 18 9 14 10
21 Germany Germany Michael Ammermüller 14 11 11 Ret 2 2
André Lotterer Ret 9
Pos Team Drivers spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea T. Pts Drop Pts
Netherlands NLD China CHN Malaysia MYS New Zealand NZL South Africa RSA Portugal POR 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

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