A1 Team Switzerland aims to extend winning streak in Zhuhai

A1 Team Switzerland aims to extend winning streak in Zhuhai

10.12.2007: A1 Team Switzerland aims to extend winning streak in Zhuhai

After a sensational event at Sepang, which saw A1 Team Switzerland secure a double victory and take the championship lead from New Zealand, the team now travels to the 4.3km Zhuhai circuit to compete in the fourth leg of the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsports season on 16 December, the first of two visits to China this season.

Young Swiss rookie Alexandre Imperatori will represent his country during the rookie session at Zhuhai while Neel Jani will again be at the wheel for the two races. Alexandre Imperatori lived in Zhuhai as his team (Asia Racing Team) was based at the track and will compete at the circuit for the seventh time when he takes the wheel of the A1GP car.

Meanwhile Neel Jani has never driven on the Zhuhai track. "I am still so happy with the excellent result in Malaysia and I hope that I can learn the Zhuhai circuit quickly to achieve a similar result again. I have never driven here, but I’m sure I’m going to like this track.

It is not too technical but it is demanding on the brakes and it is important to  find the right lines out of the turns to keep the momentum up. The track features lots of potential for overtaking with two long straights of 900 and 500 meters and a long, 14 metre wide pit straight. I’m looking forward to getting back to racing this weekend."

A1 Team Switzerland is to give 20-year-old Alexandre Imperatori from Chatel Saint Denis near Fribourg (CH), his first outing as the team's rookie driver at the first Chinese round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport on December 14, 2007.

 

Alexandre Imperatori comments: "It's a fantastic opportunity that I have been given by team principal Max Welti to help A1 Team Switzerland. This event will be a new challenge for me. I am eager to meet the team and the engineers.

One year ago, I watched the A1GP race in Beijing as I was competing in the Formula Renault support race, but that is the closest I ever came to A1 cars. I will do my best for the team. I know the Zhuhai track well and my first ever win in a single seater was on this track, in 2004, the second race my career."

 

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland comments: "Leading the championship, our third season in A1 Grand Prix is going well. Our car is fast and our package is competitive.

I am hopeful that our engineers will have a good chance to again prepare a high level performance with Neel Jani on the challenging Zhuhai track. Our rookie Alexandre Imperatori has never been in the car yet, but he knows the track well enough to bring a lot of information to the team."

 

Follow the race on Schweizer Sportfernsehen (SSF) Live streaming on www.a1gp.com  then click on view live racing stats.

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A1 Switzerland is a Swiss-based international racing team entering its third year of racing in the A1 GP series. After 11 events and 22 races around the world, A1 Team Switzerland finished the inaugural A1GP season as runners-up, winning from pole position in Dubai. Neel Jani won the sprint race and the feature race from the pole in Malaysia 2007-2008.

The drivers racing for their country in 2007-2008, for the third consecutive season will be Neel Jani and Sebastien Buemi as well as two lady rookie drivers, Rahel Frey and Natacha Gachnang who participated successfully to a shootout event at Silverstone in September 2007 and have the chance to represent their national team. 20-year old Alexandre Imperatori will be the Team’s rookie in Zhuhai.

A1 Team Switzerland's selected best results:

Sprint race: 3 x 1st - Malaysia 2006/2007 and 07/08(Neel Jani) and Dubai 2005/2006 (Neel Jani)

Feature race: 3 x 2nd 05/06 S.Africa (Neel Jani), Malaysia (Neel Jani), Port. (Neel Jani) and one win Malaysia 2007-2008 (Neel Jani)

Qualifying: Malaysia 05/06, 06/07, 07/08 (Neel Jani), Dubai 05/06 (Neel Jani)

Leading the Championship with 61 points in the 2007-2008 season and four podiums:(3rd) in Zandvoort NL, Brno CZ and two wins in Sepang - Malaysia.

 

- Agnes Carlier - also photo

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10.12.2007 / MaP

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