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2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season

2006-07 FIA A1 Grand Prix of Nations
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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.

Teams

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:

Country Team Race Team Seat holder Race
Drivers
Others
Drivers
22px-Flag of Australia.png Australia A1 Team Australia Alan Docking Racing Alan Jones Ryan Briscoe
Karl Reindler
Ian Dyk
Barton Mawer
22px-Flag of Brazil.png Brazil A1 Team Brazil Charouz Racing System Emerson Fittipaldi Tuka Rocha
Raphael Matos
Bruno Junqueira
Vitor Meira
Alexandre Negrão
Ruben Carrapatoso
Luiz Razia
Bia Figueiredo
22px-Flag of the Canada.png Canada A1 Team Canada John Village Automotive Wade Cherwayko Sean McIntosh
James Hinchcliffe
Kevin Lacroix
25px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg.png China A1 Team China Team Astromega Liu Yu Congfu Cheng
Ho-Pin Tung
Tengyi Jiang
Qinghua Ma
25px-Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic A1 Team Czech Republic Charouz Racing System Antonin Charouz Tomáš Kostka
Tomáš Enge
Jaroslav Janiš
Filip Salaquarda
Jan Charouz
22px-Flag of France.png France A1 Team France DAMS Jean Paul Driot Nicolas Lapierre
Loïc Duval
Jean Karl Vernay
22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany A1 Team Germany Super Nova Racing Willi Weber Nico Hülkenberg
Christian Vietoris
Marco Holzer
25px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg.png Great Britain A1 Team Great Britain Arden International Tony Clements
John Surtees
Darren Manning
Robbie Kerr
Oliver Jarvis
Oliver Turvey
25px-Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece A1 Team Greece Arena Motorsport Stathis Basios Takis Kaitatzis
Nikos Zakos
Stelios Nousias
Vassilis Papafilliou
22px-Flag of India.png India A1 Team India Arena Motorsport Atul Gupta Armaan Ebrahim
Narain Karthikeyan
Parthiva Sureshwaren
22px-Flag of Indonesia.svg.png Indonesia A1 Team Indonesia A1 Team Indonesia N/A Ananda Mikola
Moreno Soeprapto
22px-Flag of Ireland.png Ireland A1 Team Ireland A1 Team Ireland Mark Gallagher
Mark Kershaw
Michael Devaney
Richard Lyons
John O'Hara
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italy A1 Team Italy Team Ghinzani Piercarlo Ghinzani Pier Guidi Alessandro
Enrico Toccacelo
Michele Rugolo
22px-Flag of Lebanon.svg.png Lebanon A1 Team Lebanon Carlin Motorsport Tameem Auchi Basil Shaaban
Khalil Beschir
Alexander Khateeb
Allam Khodair
Graham Rahal
22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysia A1 Team Malaysia A1 Team Malaysia Alex Yoong Alex Yoong Fairuz Fauzy
Aaron Lim
Nik Iruwan
22px-Flag of Mexico.png Mexico A1 Team Mexico DAMS Juan Cortina
Julio Jáuregui
Salvador Durán
Sergio Pérez
Juan Pablo Garcia
25px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png The Netherlands A1 Team The Netherlands Racing for Holland Jan Lammers Jeroen Bleekemolen
Renger van der Zande
22px-Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand A1 Team New Zealand Super Nova Racing Colin Giltrap Matt Halliday
Jonny Reid
Chris van der Drift
Wade Cunningham
Daniel Gaunt
22px-Flag of Pakistan.svg.png Pakistan A1 Team Pakistan Performance Racing Arif Hussain Nur B. Ali
22px-Flag of Portugal.png Portugal A1 Team Portugal Team Astromega Luis Vicente Álvaro Parente
João Urbano
25px-Flag of Singapore.svg.png Singapore A1 Team Singapore West Surrey Racing --- Christian Murchison
Denis Lian
Hafiz Koh
22px-Flag of South Africa.png South Africa A1 Team South Africa DAMS Tokyo Sexwale Adrian Zaugg
Stephen Simpson
Alan van der Merwe
Gavin Cronje
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland A1 Team Switzerland Max Motorsport Max Welti Sébastien Buemi
Neel Jani
Marcel Fässler
25px-Flag of the United States.svg.png United States A1 Team USA West Surrey Racing Rick Weidinger Philip Giebler
Jonathan Summerton
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Al Unser Jr.

3 A1GP Teams did not participate in all races.

Races

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.
Round Date Country Circuit Sprint Winner Main Winner Report
1 1 October, 2006 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort 22px-Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany Report
2 8 October, 2006 22px-Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Auto Motodrom Brno 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysia 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysia Report
3 12 November, 2006 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China Jingkai Street Circuit, Beijing 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png The Netherlands 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italy Report
4 26 November, 2006 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysia Sepang International Circuit 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany Report
5 10 December, 2006 22px-Flag of Indonesia.svg.png Indonesia Sentul International Circuit 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Report
6 21 January, 2007 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Taupo Motorsport Park 22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany 22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany Report
7 4 February, 2007 22px-Flag of Australia.png Australia Eastern Creek Raceway 22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany 22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany Report
8 25 February, 2007 22px-Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Durban street circuit 22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany 22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany Report
9 25 March, 2007 22px-Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysia 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Great Britain Report
10 15 April, 2007 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China Shanghai International Circuit 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Great Britain 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Report
11 29 April, 2007 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png United Kingdom Brands Hatch 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Great Britain 22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany Report

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.

Season Standings

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.
Sprint Feature
Pos. Points Points Prize
1 6 10 $300,000
2 5 9 $200,000
3 4 8 $150,000
4 3 7 $110,000
5 2 6 $80,000
6 1 5 $60,000
7 4 $40,000
8 3 $30,000
9 2 $20,000
10 1 $10,000
Fast lap 1

Standings

Pos Team Drivers 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png 22px-Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg.png 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg.png 22px-Flag of Indonesia.svg.png 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png 22px-Flag of South Africa.png 22px-Flag of Mexico.png 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg.png 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea Pts
1 22px-Flag of Germany.png Germany Nico Hülkenberg 4 1 Ret 4 5 Ret 2 1 5 2 1 1* 1* 1 1* 1 3 3 2 1 128
Christian Vietoris Ret 9
2 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Matt Halliday 6 11 10 9 3 3 16 8 93
Jonny Reid Ret 7 3* 8 1 1 3 3 2 2 16 6 2* 1
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Great Britain Darren Manning 5 7 92
Robbie Kerr 9 6 5 2 3* Ret 8 Ret 19 10 9 2 1 2 1* 2
Oliver Jarvis 7 2 2 1
4 22px-Flag of France.png France Nicolas Lapierre 3 Ret 3 Ret 17 4 6 3 7 3 67
Loïc Duval 2 2 3 9 2 Ret 4 7
Jean Karl Vernay Ret 20 Ret 8
5 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png 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
6 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysia Alex Yoong 12 17 1* 1 14 12 4 7 12 5 19 11 7 6 Ret 8 1 5 6 11 5 9 55
7 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italy Pier Guidi Alessandro Ret 6 14 20 52
Enrico Toccacelo 3 1 Ret 13 11 4 9 8 15 12 12 Ret 7 4 10 7 3 3
8 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 10 8 8 10 5 4 4 7 4 9 Ret DSQ 50
Neel Jani 9 Ret 1 4 10 8 5 4
Marcel Fässler 10 14
9 22px-Flag of the United States.png USA Philip Giebler 7 2 6 17 11 Ret 9 6 4 9 8 8 42
Ryan Hunter-Reay 11 10
Jonathan Summerton Ret Ret 5 2 5 Ret 9 6
10 22px-Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Salvador Durán 2 5 7 3 2 Ret 11 Ret 2 6 12 Ret 11 15 Ret Ret 17* Ret 35
Sergio Pérez 15 Ret
Juan Pablo Garcia 18 14
11 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Canada James Hinchcliffe 8 13 2 5 4 10* 6 6 13 Ret 13 Ret 13 15 33
Sean McIntosh 8 5 8 Ret Ret 6 10 12
12 22px-Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic Tomáš Kostka 17 Ret 27
Tomáš Enge 5 2 8 6 Ret 14 17 12 9 5 11 Ret
Jaroslav Janiš 16 7 12 12
Filip Salaquarda 17 10
Jan Charouz 13 15
13 22px-Flag of Australia.png Australia Ryan Briscoe 13 3 12 17 6 10 25
Karl Reindler 15 16 12 3 14 13 14 14 16 Ret
Ian Dyk 3 8 16 Ret 14 Ret
14 22px-Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Adrian Zaugg 1* Ret Ret 5 13 12 7 Ret 4 3 15 Ret 24
Stephen Simpson Ret 11
Alan van der Merwe 9 Ret 7 16 16 Ret 8 12
15 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China Congfu Cheng 11 9 4 8 13 Ret 10 16 11 15 Ret 10 22
Ho-Pin Tung Ret 13 13 9 6 3 14 Ret 6 10
16 22px-Flag of India.png India Armaan Ebrahim Ret Ret 17 18 18 11 16 19 18 Ret 13
Narain Karthikeyan 10 7 15 9 11 18 7 17 7 4
Parthiva Sureshwaren 18 16
17 22px-Flag of Portugal.png Portugal Álvaro Parente 8 5 14 7 11 11 10
João Urbano 19 13
18 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Brazil Tuka Rocha 14 12 10 14 15 14 Ret 11 9
Raphael Matos 6 7 19 18 16 14
Bruno Junqueira 17 7 Ret 13 12 Ret
Vitor Meira 14 19
19 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Ireland Michael Devaney 15 14 13 13 20 Ret 14 10 8
Richard Lyons 17 12 Ret 19 10 Ret 6 Ret Ret 16 12 5 8 DSQ
20 25px-Flag of Singapore.svg.png Singapore Christian Murchison Ret 16 16 8 15 11 Ret 15 12 Ret Ret Ret 3
Denis Lian 18 19
21 22px-Flag of Indonesia.svg.png Indonesia Ananda Mikola 19 10 16 15 15 Ret Ret 15 14 11 15 Ret 17 13 10 Ret 8 11 13 16 1
Moreno Soeprapto 17 16
22 22px-Flag of Pakistan.svg.png 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
23 22px-Flag of Lebanon.svg.png Lebanon Basil Shaaban 16 Ret 12 12 19 13 19 Ret 0
Khalil Beschir 17 20
Alexander Khateeb Ret 17 Ret 17
Allam Khodair 19 Ret 18 19 18 14 Ret 13
24 25px-Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece Takis Kaitatzis 18 15 Ret 0
Nikos Zakos 19
Pos Team Drivers 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png 22px-Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg.png 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg.png 22px-Flag of Indonesia.svg.png 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png 22px-Flag of South Africa.png 22px-Flag of Mexico.png 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg.png 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png
spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea spr fea Pts
Gold Winner
Green Points finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Bold Pole Position
Silver 2nd place
Green (Ret) but Points finish
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Excluded (EX)
* Fast Lap
Bronze 3rd place
Blue Non-points finish
Blank Did not participate

Notable 2006-07 season happenings

Beijing Incident

‘‘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.


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