2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, South Africa
|2007-08 A1GP of South Africa|
|Race 7 of 10 in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season|
|Date||24 February 2008|
|Location||Durban street circuit
Durban, South Africa
|Pole||Canada (Robert Wickens)|
|1st||Canada (Robert Wickens)|
|2nd||Great Britain (Oliver Jarvis)|
|3rd||Switzerland (Neel Jani)|
|FL||New Zealand (Johnny Reid)|
|Time||1'18.629, (Lap 3)|
|Pole||Switzerland (Neel Jani)|
|1st||Switzerland (Neel Jani)|
|2nd||France (Loïc Duval)|
|FL||China (Congfu Cheng)|
|Time||1'18.744, (Lap 35)|
The 2007–08 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, South Africa is an A1 Grand Prix race, held on 24 February 2008 at the Durban street circuit in Durban, South Africa. This is the seventh meeting in the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season.
Portugal replace for the rest of the season, their lead driver João Urbano by the newcomer Filipe Albuquerque. For Czech Republic, it was Josef Král that replace Tomáš Enge for the rest of the season.
Bruno Junqueira and rookie Alexandre Negrão will return for Brazil this weekend as race driver and rookie driver like it was in the 2006-07 season.
Loïc Duval was the race driver despite his commitment in Super GT and Formula Nippon this season. Nicolas Prost ran the Rookie sessions, Jonathan Cochet the Friday practice session and Loïc Duval the Saturday afternoon practice and the both Sunday races traveling from Japan during the Friday to Saturday night. Therefore, 3 different drivers from the same team, France, take part on the race weekend. A1 Team Greece engage also 3 different drivers on the 2006-07, Netherlands but only 2 actually ran.
On the Saturday morning free practice, Narain Karthikeyan was injured after hitting the tyre barriers at the exit of the second turn. The Indian Rookie driver Parthiva Sureshwaren replace for the both race its lead driver, Narain Karthikeyan, who have participate in one run in each Sprint and Feature qualifying sessions putting India in 9th and 17th positions on the starting grids. Parthiva Sureshwaren will muster start from the back of the grid because he didn't take part of the qualifying sessions.
During the Sprint Qualification 1, Jonny Reid (New Zealand) spin out and a red flag stop the session. Only Six teams have done hot laps : Germany, India, Pakistan, Australia, Lebanon and Indonesia. In the Sprint Qualification 2, Adrian Zaugg (South Africa) spins out at the first chicane and have no time. South Africa start from the back of the grid for the Sunday Sprint race. France is hampered by the yellow flag due to Adrian Zaugg and take only the 17th. Adam Carroll (Ireland) isn't able to make a hot lap due to fuel pump problem.
The home South African team realize only the 15th position for the Feature race grid because of electrical glitch and then traffic problems during its qualification laps.
- (1) = Narain Karthikeyan had qualified the car for India but was injured later, and replaced by Parthiva Sureshwaren for the balance of the race meet, incurring a penalty of being sent to the rear of the field for the driver change.
Its a sunny 28 °C weather for the Sprint race. India start from the back of the grid because they have replaced their lead driver between qualifying and race sessions. John Martin (Australia) was in hospital overnight suffering from dehydration but he take part of the both races.
Canada take the lead on start and during the first lap, New Zealand damage its nose on Robert Wickens's (Canada) car and was forced to pit for repairs. Brazil try to passes Switzerland in lap 2, but fail and damage its nose too. The order is Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, Brazil, China, Netherlands, Germany and Australia for 8th. France starting from 17th is already 13th. In lap 5, Brazil fight China, which is now behind, for 4th. But Bruno Junqueira's front wing is too much damaged and he slows targeting pits to change the car's nose.
In lap 7, Neel Jani (Switzerland) is just behind the second, Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain). Adrian Zaugg (South Africa) is now 14th in lap 8, starting second from last. Bruno Junqueira (Brazil) crashes out in Turn 5/6 chicane hitting the wall and the car is stuck out on track. The Safety car is out until lap 11.
Michael Ammermüller (Germany) hit Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) on final corner and the both cars retire but the incident brought out the red flag. For causing this avoidable collision, Germany was excluded from its 6th.
|2||Great Britain||Oliver Jarvis||11||+0.990||12|
|4||China||Cong Fu Cheng||11||+2.248||8|
|8||Mexico||David Garza Perez||11||+8.343||3|
|13||South Africa||Adrian Zaugg||11||+12.074|
|18||Czech Republic||Josef Král||11||+24.147|
|20||New Zealand||Jonny Reid||11||+46.100||+1|
|21||Brazil||Bruno Junqueira||8||+3 laps|
Its a 32 °C when Switzerland take the lead of the race after starting from pole position. China and Portugal collide in first lap and Cong Fu Cheng (China) is stuck in the wall meanwhile Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal) is launched into the air. The Safety car is out. China, Lebanon, USA, Mexico and South Africa goes in pit for minors repairs each other. On lap 4, the safety car is on and the order is Switzerland behind New Zealand, Brazil, Great Britain, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France, Australia and Ireland. In the first corner again, on lap 4, Australia hits Germany, who spin, and then Ireland. John Martin (Australia) and Adam Carroll (Ireland) are stuck on the track. France is involved but passes without damages. Indonesia piles into Germany and Pakistan into Indonesia, the three teams retire. Safety car is out again. Before the Safety car is on, on lap 9, many drivers get into pits to minors repairs. In lap 10, the first mandatory pit stop is possible.
Jonny Reid (New Zealand) make a long stop changing his front wing because of a collision into pits with David Garza Perez (Mexico). South Africa have a slow pit stop due to sticking wheel and France gain some places staying out more time than its rivals. In lap 13, New Zealand receive a drive-through penalty for his collision with Mexico. Lebanon also gets a drive-through penalty in lap 15. After the first mandatory stop, Switzerland lead Canada, Great Britain, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Malaysia, Brazil, Italy and China. Ireland receive a drive-through penalty in lap 18. Loïc Duval (France) and Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) fight for 3rd while Cong Fu Cheng (China) get by Edoardo Piscopo (Italy) in lap 23 for ninth. In the next lap, Czech Republic run slowly and reach the pits. USA retire in pits. China passes now Brazil for eighth and South Africa, started from 15th enter into the points getting by Italy. India retire from the race because of a black flag in lap 29 for pit stop violation and exceed the pit lane speed limit. The second pit stop window start in lap 30.
South Africa does a faster pit stop and passes Brazil in the pits like Canada taking the lead behind Switzerland. France pits after its adversaries, into lap 32, and passes Great Britain. Jonny Reid (New Zealand) take the fastest lap in lap 34 but Cong Fu Cheng make a better lap time next lap.
In lap 39, Robert Wickens (Canada) spins and Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain) hits him and damage his car's nose. The Safety car is out until lap 41. On first corner, South Africa hits Netherlands, 3rd and involving three other drivers. The safety car is out again, the order its Switzerland, France, Portugal, China, Malaysia but the commissioners red flag the race. The official classification is, at the end of lap 41, Switzerland front of France, Portugal, Netherlands, Malaysia, China, South Africa, Italy, Brazil and New Zealand. The fastest lap is for China.
|6||China||Cong Fu Cheng||41||+4.984||5+1|
|7||South Africa||Adrian Zaugg||41||+5.640||4|
|10||New Zealand||Jonny Reid||41||+20.220||1|
|11||Great Britain||Oliver Jarvis||40||+1 lap|
|12||Canada||Robert Wickens||39||+2 laps|
|13||Lebanon||Khalil Beschir||39||+2 laps|
|14||Australia||John Martin||39||+2 laps|
|Ret||Ireland||Adam Carroll||35||+6 laps|
|Ret||Czech Republic||Josef Král||33||+8 laps|
|Ret||India||Parthiva Sureshwaren||29||+12 laps|
|Ret||USA||Jonathan Summerton||25||+16 laps|
|Ret||Mexico||David Garza Perez||18||+23 laps|
|Ret||Germany||Michael Ammermüller||3||+38 laps|
|Ret||Indonesia||Satrio Hermanto||3||+38 laps|
|Ret||Pakistan||Adam Langley-Khan||3||+38 laps|
- It was the 29th race weekend (58 starts).
- It was the third venue in Durban street circuit and in South Africa.
- It was the first race for Filipe Albuquerque and Josef Kral.
- It was the first race weekend as Rookie driver for Filipe Albuquerque, Josef Kral and Daniel Morad.
- Records :
- Switzerland score 7 pole positions.
- France engage 3 different drivers for the same weekend : Loïc Duval as race driver, Jonathan Cochet as practice driver and Nicolas Prost as Rookie driver.
- Lebanon participate on 29 rounds (58 starts) without won points since their first Grand Prix.
- Robert Wickens became the youngest polesitter aged 18y 11m 11d.
- Neel Jani score 257 points.
- Portugal changes lead driver a1gp.com (16 February 2008)
- Youngster in for Czech Republic a1gp.com (19 February 2008)
- Brazil recalls two former drivers a1gp.com (19 February 2008)
- The Three Musketeers a1gp.com (21 February 2008)
- Sureshwaren on standby for India a1gp.com (23 February 2008)
- Sprint race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (24 February 2008)
- Qualifying: as it happened a1gp.com (23 February 2008)
- Zaugg urges South African support a1gp.com (23 February 2008)
- Germany excluded from Sprint race a1gp.com (24 February 2008)
- Feature race: lap-by-lap a1gp.com (24 February 2008)
- Morad supports Wickens at Canada a1gp.com (20 February 2008)
- Wickens is youngest polesitter a1gp.com (23 February 2008)
- Canada wins explosive Sprint race
- Sprint race: lap-by-lap
- Sprint race results
- Swiss wins dramatic Feature race
- Feature race: lap-by-lap
- Feature race results
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