2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season
|2006-07 FIA A1 Grand Prix of Nations|
|Previous: 2005-06||Next: 2007-08|
The 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season was the second season for the A1 Grand Prix series. It began on 1 October, 2006, at Circuit Park Zandvoort, and the season ended at Brands Hatch on 29 April, 2007. A1 Team Germany won it with 128 points, 35 points lead ahead Team New Zealand.
24 teams, each representing a different country, signed up for the second A1 Grand Prix season. All teams used a control chassis (Lola), engine (Zytek) and tyre (Cooper Avon). The following teams competed in the 2006-07 championship:
3 A1GP Teams did not participate in all races.
- A1 Team Greece not participate from the Beijing race.
- A1 Team Singapore has not raced in all 3 last races allegedly due to an injury suffered by their one and only driver, Christian Murchison, in the South African leg of the season.
- A1 Team Portugal start 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season at South African race.
The second A1 Grand Prix season is scheduled to consist of 11 races, held in 10 different countries. Each race is to be run 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.
There are some changes in weekend program for second season:
- Gap between races will be increased to almost three and half hours.
- Sprint race will be about 20 minutes and Feature race about 70 minutes.
- Only top six nations score points in sprint race.
A 12th race had been scheduled to have been held in Brazil however on 17 January 2007 the A1GP organisation announced that as a result of a delay in obtaining a local terrestrial television agreement then the event would be cancelled.
Points in the 2006-07 season are distributed as follows:
- Six through one points for first through sixth place in the Sprint Race.
- Ten through one points for first through tenth place in the Main Race. (which also pays prize money.)
- One point for the fastest lap of either race.
|2||New Zealand||Matt Halliday||6||11||10||9||3||3||16||8||93|
|3||Great Britain||Darren Manning||5||7||92|
|Jean Karl Vernay||Ret||20||Ret||8|
|5||The Netherlands||Jeroen Bleekemolen||9||4||11||9||1||Ret||7||9||13||DSQ||4||5||5||4||4||6||17||6||5||57|
|Renger van der Zande||9||9||4|
|7||Italy||Pier Guidi Alessandro||Ret||6||14||20||52|
|Juan Pablo Garcia||18||14|
|12||Czech Republic||Tomáš Kostka||17||Ret||27|
|14||South Africa||Adrian Zaugg||1*||Ret||Ret||5||13||12||7||Ret||4||3||15||Ret||24|
|Alan van der Merwe||9||Ret||7||16||16||Ret||8||12|
|22||Pakistan||Nur B. Ali||20||Ret||20||Ret||21||Ret||18||21||20||15||18||18||20||Ret||18||10||15||21||20||18||Ret||17||1|
|Purple||Did not finish (Ret)|
|Green||(Ret) but Points finish|
|White||Did not start (DNS)|
|Blank||Did not participate|
Notable 2006-07 season happenings
‘‘Main article’’ 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Beijing, China
The first Chinese round of the 2006/07 A1GP took place on the streets of Beijing. However, the tight hairpin at the end of the backstraight was far too tight for the cars to negotiate safely, as there was literally, a 180 degree left turn. Cars were running wide and stopping mid corner, therefore the sessions were red flagged.
A shorter circuit was created, creating another less tighter hairpin halfway up the straight, bypassing most of the old straight. Again, this corner is still not perfect as drivers still run wide despite it being wider, and have to avoid the pitlane entry barrier. It would have to do, otherwise the racing would have to be cancelled.
However, another problem arose in qualiying, when manhole covers on the roads were coming undone due to the racing cars high downforce and low center of gravity. Grid positions were decided upon practice times. Some advertising banners also came loose around the circuit.
It was announced the races would start behind the safety car, as the first corner was also deemed unsafe.
Both races were uneventful, particularly the Sprint Race which took place almost entirely behind the safety car after course officials failed to remove a single spun car in a timely fashion.
These numerous incidents have lead to questions about the management and organisation of both the event and A1GP in general - for example the host and guest on the UK presentation of the event on the Sky Sports network were highly critical of the lack of spectacle at what was, prior to arrival of the media at the track, anticipated to be a landmark defining event for the series.
April Fools' hoax
On 1 April 2006, during the final round of the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix season in Shanghai, a fake timetable of the 2006-2007 season was published. This schedule included a night time race in Lapland, an A1GP USA race in Baghdad, a race in Middle-earth at 'The Ring', a Venice Street Race as well as a Tibetan hill climb. In addition, it outlined special regulations, such as requiring only the Cornettos be catered for the Venice race, that "cars will arrive flatpacked for the Ikea Cup race in Narnia, so extra time will be required for their assembly", and that for the hill climb, half the cars will start from the top, and half will start from the bottom. A race in South Los Angeles was to have drive-by penalties.