A1 Team Switzerland

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A1 Team Switzerland
Switzerland
Founded 2005
Seat holder(s) Max Welti
Team principal -
Race driver(s) Neel Jani
Car nickname -
First race 2005-06 Great Britain
Rounds entered 39 (78 starts)
Championships 1
Sprint race victories 5
Feature race victories 5
Pole positions 10
Fastest laps 8
Total points 438
2008-09 position 2nd (95 pts)

A1 Team Switzerland is the Swiss team of A1 Grand Prix, an international racing series. The team were the A1 Grand Prix champions for the third season, 2007-08.

Management[edit]

A1 Team Switzerland owner is Max Welti.

History[edit]

In the inaugural season, Team Switzerland were "best of the rest", with a victory and ten podiums, finishing 2nd in the championship.

Team Switzerland lost their competitive edge in 2006-07, with only a single race victory, and finishing 8th in the championship.

After a spectacular 2007–08 season, Neel Jani single-handedly clinched the championship for Team Switzerland, with four victories and seven podiums.

In 2008–09, after having scored 4 wins and 3 other podium finishes, Neel Jani scored a total of 95 points for Team Switzerland. At the end of the season, the team finished second in the championship, 17 points behind the champions, Team Ireland, and just 3 points ahead of Team Portugal.

Drivers[edit]

Rahel Frey and Natacha Gachnang were the two first females to drive an A1 Grand Prix car during a race weekend.

They first drove as test drivers during a test session at Silverstone.[1] Natacha Gachnang drove in the rookie sessions in the 2007-08 Czech round, on October 12, 2007;[2] and Rahel Frey in the 2007-08 Malaysian rookie sessions, on November 23, 2007.[3]

Name Seasons Rounds
(Starts)
Titles Wins Sprint
wins
Feature
wins
2nd 3rd Poles Fastest
Laps
Points
Sébastien Buemi 2006-07 6 (12 starts) 31
Neel Jani 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08,
2008-09
30 (60 starts) 1 10 5 5 9 11 10 8 407[* 1]
Marcel Fässler 2006-07 1 (2 starts) 0
Giorgio Mondini 2005-06 2 (4 starts) 0
  1. ^ This includes the 4 points scored during the 2008–09 Dutch Grand Prix, where the team scored its worst result of the 2008–09 season and the points of which were therefore later deducted.

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key), "spr" indicates the Sprint Race, "fea" indicates the Feature Race.

Year Racing
team
Chassis,
Engine,
Tyres
Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Points Rank
2005–06 DAMS Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
United Kingdom
GBR
Germany
GER
Portugal
POR
Australia
AUS
Malaysia
MYS
United Arab Emirates
UAE
South Africa
RSA
Indonesia
INA
Mexico
MEX
United States
USA
China
CHN
121 2nd
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Neel Jani 9 Ret 2 5 3 2 6 3 2 2 1 Ret 3 2 5 5 2 3
Giorgio Mondini 16 13 Ret Ret
2006–07 Max Motorsport Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
Netherlands
NED
Czech Republic
CZE
China
BEI
Malaysia
MYS
Indonesia
INA
New Zealand
NZL
Australia
AUS
South Africa
RSA
Mexico
MEX
China
SHA
United Kingdom
GBR
50 8th
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Sébastien Buemi 10 8 8 10 5 4 4 7 4 9 Ret DSQ
Neel Jani 9 Ret 1 4 10 8 5 4
Marcel Fässler 10 14
2007–08 Max Motorsport Lola,
Zytek,
Cooper Avon
Netherlands
NED
Czech Republic
CZE
Malaysia
MYS
China
ZHU
New Zealand
NZL
Australia
AUS
South Africa
RSA
Mexico
MEX
China
SHA
United Kingdom
GBR
168 1st
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Neel Jani 5 3 8 3 1 1 2 6 Ret 13 10 2 3 1 3 19 1 5 4 3
2008–09 Boer Racing Services Ferrari,
Ferrari,
Michelin
Netherlands
NED
China
CHN
Malaysia
MYS
New Zealand
NZL
South Africa
RSA
Portugal
POR
United Kingdom
GBR
95 2nd
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea
Neel Jani 5 Ret 4 4 1 Ret 2 1 3 1 15 1 8 3

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Germany
Germany
A1 Grand Prix Champion
2007-08
Succeeded by
Ireland
Republic of Ireland