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 :

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

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.[1] Then Natacha Gachnang drove in rookie sessions in Czech round, on October 12, 2007[2] and Rahel Frey in Malaysian rookie sessions, on November 23, 2007[3]

Since January 2008, the Performance Racing manage A1 Team Indonesia.[4] Bagoes Hermanto, brother of Satrio Hermanto, became the new Team Principal.

Season calendar and winners[edit]

Round Date Country Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner Report
1 S 30 September 2007 Netherlands Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort South Africa Adrian Zaugg South Africa Adrian Zaugg South Africa Adrian Zaugg Report
F South Africa Adrian Zaugg Mexico Salvador Durán United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
2 S 14 October 2007 Czech Republic Czech Republic Brno Circuit South Africa Adrian Zaugg New Zealand Jonny Reid New Zealand Jonny Reid Report
F Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen China Cong Fu Cheng New Zealand Jonny Reid
3 S 25 November 2007 Malaysia Malaysia Sepang International Circuit Switzerland Neel Jani Switzerland Neel Jani Switzerland Neel Jani Report
F Switzerland Neel Jani Switzerland Neel Jani Switzerland Neel Jani
4 S 16 December 2007 China China Zhuhai International Circuit Germany Michael Ammermüller Switzerland Neel Jani Germany Michael Ammermüller Report
F Switzerland Neel Jani United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis India Narain Karthikeyan
5 S 20 January 2008 New Zealand New Zealand Taupo Motorsport Park New Zealand Jonny Reid Germany Christian Vietoris New Zealand Jonny Reid Report
F France Loïc Duval Switzerland Neel Jani Germany Christian Vietoris
6 S 3 February 2008 Australia Australia Eastern Creek Raceway France Loïc Duval France Loïc Duval France Loïc Duval Report
F New Zealand Jonny Reid South Africa Adrian Zaugg South Africa Adrian Zaugg
7 S 24 February 2008 South Africa South Africa Durban street circuit Canada Robert Wickens New Zealand Jonny Reid Canada Robert Wickens Report
F Switzerland Neel Jani China Cong Fu Cheng Switzerland Neel Jani
8 S 16 March 2008 Mexico Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez South Africa Adrian Zaugg China Cong Fu Cheng New Zealand Jonny Reid Report
F Canada Robert Wickens United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis Republic of Ireland Adam Carroll
9 S 13 April 2008 China China Shanghai International Circuit Switzerland Neel Jani Switzerland Neel Jani Switzerland Neel Jani Report
F Switzerland Neel Jani Canada Robert Wickens United States Jonathan Summerton
10 S 4 May 2008 United Kingdom Great Britain Brands Hatch United Kingdom Robbie Kerr China Cong Fu Cheng United Kingdom Robbie Kerr Report
F India Narain Karthikeyan Republic of Ireland Adam Carroll India Narain Karthikeyan

Due to Zandvoort's noise restriction, Netherlands round wasn't able to conduct Friday sessions and so rookie session.[5] 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.[6]
  • There are now 2 pit stops required in the feature race.[7]
  • The feature race remains a distance of 69 minutes plus one lap, while the sprint race has increased to 29 minutes plus one lap.[7]
  • 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.[8] This environmental initiative is the first initiative to help reduce its environmental footprint in motorsport series. The new fuel is 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[9] when safety car is out. When the lights are on, drivers can pit but it is 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. ^ Swiss female set to be rookie choice Archived October 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. a1gp.com (September 19, 2007)
  2. ^ Female rookie for Switzerland Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. a1gp.com (October 11, 2007)
  3. ^ Sepang, Malaysia, Rookies combined results.a1gp.com (November 23, 2007)
  4. ^ Indonesia's new engineering squad a1gp.com (January 20, 2008)
  5. ^ Zandvoort: A1 Team by Team Race Preview paddocktalk.com (September 28, 2007)
  6. ^ New qualifying and points system a1gp.com (August 29, 2007)
  7. ^ a b Feature race gets second pit stop a1gp.com (August 29, 2007)
  8. ^ Biofuel confirmed for Taupo a1gp.com (December 18, 2007)
  9. ^ Safety car pit light introduced a1gp.com (January 18, 2008)

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