Fittipaldi hails Ferrari A1GP partnership as ‘momentous’

12.10.2007: Fittipaldi hails Ferrari A1GP partnership as ‘momentous’

Emerson Fittipaldi and A1 Team Brasil are delighted that the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport has announced a truly historic and groundbreaking partnership between the series and Ferrari. Ferrari has signed a six-year agreement to manufacture and supply all A1GP engines for this unique series and will consult on the design and manufacture of all A1GP car chassis for use in season four (2008/09).

Fittipaldi enthused: "This is a momentous and very special day for A1GP and an incredible link-up which will see us take this championship to the next level after three years of very hard work. Ferrari has one of the most illustrious motor racing heritages, with 28 Formula One championship titles [14 driver, 14 manufacturer] to its name just to scratch the surface of its achievements. We must be extremely proud that Ferrari has seen the potential that we have in A1GP and that it wants to be an integral part of the championship’s future. As we embark on season three, we now have so many things to look forward to and it is a very exciting time to be involved with A1GP."

It the same time, the team is pleased to endorse the series’ introduction of the new A2GP series, which will take the form of a regional single-seater series and will begin testing in 2009. Ferrari will once again supply all engines for this in season five and will consult on design and manufacture of the chassis.

"This is taking the World Cup of Motorsport to yet another level," Emerson commented. He continued: "This will ensure that we can develop drivers in every corner of the world so that we have a talented crop coming up into A1GP. This is going to be especially important in those regions where motor racing is not developed to the level of Europe, for example, and this will provide aspiring drivers in those particular regions with opportunities that at the moment are just not available."

The partnership with Ferrari also extends to an exclusive licensing agreement for all A1GP merchandise to use the Ferrari name and phrase ‘Powered by Ferrari’ from January 2008.

 

- Rebecca Banks, A1 Team Brasil -

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12.10.2007 / MaP

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