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:

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

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 Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner Report
1 S 25 September 2005 United Kingdom United Kingdom Brands Hatch Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Alexandre Prémat Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Report
F Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.
2 S 9 October 2005 Germany Germany EuroSpeedway Lausitz France Nicolas Lapierre Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Nicolas Lapierre Report
F Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Nicolas Lapierre
3 S 23 October 2005 Portugal Portugal Autódromo do Estoril Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Alexandre Prémat France Alexandre Prémat Report
F France Alexandre Prémat France Alexandre Prémat
4 S 6 November 2005 Australia Australia Eastern Creek Raceway France Nicolas Lapierre France Nicolas Lapierre France Nicolas Lapierre Report
F France Nicolas Lapierre France Nicolas Lapierre
5 S 20 November 2005 Malaysia Malaysia Sepang International Circuit Switzerland Neel Jani France Alexandre Prémat France Alexandre Prémat Report
F Netherlands Jos Verstappen France Alexandre Prémat
6 S 11 December 2005 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Dubai Autodrome Switzerland Neel Jani Switzerland Neel Jani Switzerland Neel Jani Report
F Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman France Nicolas Lapierre
7 S 29 January 2006 South Africa South Africa Durban street circuit France Alexandre Prémat Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman France Alexandre Prémat Report
F Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Netherlands Jos Verstappen
8 S 12 February 2006 Indonesia Indonesia Sentul International Circuit United Kingdom Robbie Kerr France Nicolas Lapierre France Nicolas Lapierre Report
F Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman Canada Sean McIntosh
9 S 26 February 2006 Mexico Mexico Parque Fundidora Monterrey France Alexandre Prémat Netherlands Jos Verstappen France Alexandre Prémat Report
F France Alexandre Prémat France Alexandre Prémat
10 S 12 March 2006 United States United States of America Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Mexico Salvador Durán Mexico Salvador Durán Mexico Salvador Durán Report
F France Nicolas Lapierre Mexico Salvador Durán
11 S 2 April 2006 China China Shanghai International Circuit Malaysia Alex Yoong Malaysia Alex Yoong Malaysia Alex Yoong Report
F Mexico Salvador Durán Czech Republic Tomáš Enge

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. ^ a b Team SA all set for debut A1 GP motoring.iafrica.com (19 September 2005)
  3. ^ PR: Austria, Italy and Japan Join A1GP v8central.com (21 September 2005)
  4. ^ Duran and Perez for Mexico pitpass.com (26 September 2006)
  5. ^ Team SA nab DAMS services motoring.iafrica.com (30 August 2006)
  6. ^ Manejaría en la Sultana del Norte espndeportes.espn.go.com (5 February 2006)
  7. ^ a b Estoril: Friday quotes pitpass.com (21 October 2005)
  8. ^ a b Netherlands entry unveiled motorsport.com (5 September 2005)
  9. ^ Стартовала новая гоночная серия A1 Grand Prix rargt.com (25 September 2005)
  10. ^ A1 Team Ireland has secured a title sponsor for 2007/08 season motorsport.com (12 September 2007)
  11. ^ Team pakistan aiming to change a nation's image telegraph.co.uk (Septembre 23, 2005)
  12. ^ Team history team-astromega.com
  13. ^ New option to Formula One: A1 Grand Prix usatoday.com (22 September 2005)
  14. ^ Murchison's Singapore pledge channelnewsasia.com (8 September 2006)

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