Alexandre Imperatori and Neel Jani pleased with first day at Zhuhai

Alexandre Imperatori and Neel Jani pleased with first day at Zhuhai

14.12.2007: Alexandre Imperatori and Neel Jani pleased with first day at Zhuhai

This was an incident-free day for Alexandre Imperatori’s first outing at Zhuhai Circuit in good sunny 20 degree Celsius warm weather conditions at 11 sharp for the start of the first official practice Session dedicated to the "rookie" drivers.

Since he arrived in Zhuhai, Alexandre Imperatori feels at home. There is no need to acclimatize a driver who lived near the track. He could concentrate on Austrian trainer Helmut Fink’s strict disciplined and intensive training program and even made sure that Switzerland came second behind China in the Chinese cooking competition organized by the GP administration.

In the rookie session, Alexandre Imperatori, who drives for the first time for A1 Team Switzerland, was able to learn the car and completed 14 laps with a sixth best lap time of 1.24.641 at the end of the two sessions. Engineer James Robinson had a routine technical program to work through with the two drivers.

"It is never easy the first time. But I hope I did a good job. It was a good experience. There are lots of hard braking areas for hairpins and tight corners, followed by accelerations into long straights. This requires a good driving technique," Imperatori said.

"I did not have any brake problems like Neel and was able to complete three fast laps. But we worked a lot in that area of race preparation. The session was a lot of work. I hope I prepared the car well for Neel. It was a very interesting experience. Everything went as per plan. I was well prepared too. It is the most important."

Preparations for qualifying and the races have continued in the official practice with Neel Jani driving for the first time at Zhuhai in view of the qualifying and races on Saturday and Sunday.

The Swiss driver progressed regularly starting in 2nd official practice with a tenth time of 1.24.902 in his first lap. He was already 8th fastest at the third lap with 1.24.309. At the end of the session Neel completed 16 laps and finished 11th overall of the session of the second practice.

Neel Jani said: "The track here is very interesting, smooth, and not too bumpy. On this track I was surprised to see that there is a lot of mechanical traction. I did not push so much because I right away had a brake problem. Towards the end of the session the master brake cylinder failed. Luckily nothing happened and could manage to stay on the track. We first needed to understand the problems.

But today, we could not get a clean run. At the end, the objective of the exercise was just to fix the problems with our brakes. For the rest, we’ll stick to our experience and acquired data. With the team and the engineers it was a matter of a quick routine check of the systems and the general set-up.

It will be interesting for the rest of the week end with qualifying round and the race as the last element. The main technical part of the circuit will be quite a challenge, but I think that everyone will be close together even if a lot of overtaking occurs. It should provide some interesting racing.’

Max Welti: "Alexandre Imperatori did a good job and I am pleased with the work that we achieved today with both drivers. Alex did a solid job for someone who had never touched the wheel of such a powerful car before.

He is a really accomplished and professional driver. He interfaced well with the engineers so everything went according to plan. When Neel took over there was a problem with the brakes but we were lucky to have identified the reason. Brakes are a key factor for a week end like this since the track is hard on them."


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


Aqua SP:

Aqua SP, developed by Multi Pro Natural Ltd., is an innovative, non-toxic and environmentally friendly enzyme based product which acts as a catalyst to the natural oxidization process and speeds up the natural destruction process of bacteria in water without placing undue demand on oxygen contained. This product has a wide range of potential applications; it kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, nematodes and protozoa without the use of any toxins.

Currently the product is in the release process and being prepared for market entry. Aqua SP will be distributed internationally by Multi Pro Natural Ltd., which develops and distributes environmentally friendly products for different sectors.


A1 Team Switzerland:

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 - photos A1GP & A1 Team Switzerland


14.12.2007 / MaP

More News

Jimenez hits the track for A1 Team Brasil in Zhuhai
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 4 - Zhuhai, China The action began today at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China for round four of the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Sergio Jimenez was at the wheel of the A1 Team Brasil car on his first visit to the track in today’s two practice more >>
Mixed Emotions for A1 Team GBR in China
A1 Team GBR finished 4th and 13th in a day of mixed emotions as Danny Watts and Oliver Jarvis took to the Zhuhai International Circuit in China for the first time today. The British squad got off to a positive start with new recruit Danny Watts in the car for the Rookie sessions. Danny has a great deal more >>
Practice starts in Zhuhai for A1 Team Lebanon
A1 Team Lebanon took to the Chinese track in Zhuhai for the opening day of practice at the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Zhuhai, China. The fourth round of this season takes place at a new venue for the Series, and the first of two visits to the country. Drivers Khalil Beschir and Chris Alajajian will be repr more >>
A1 Team France - Ready to tackle the Zhuhai circuit
After two very exciting races on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia three weeks ago, the A1GP teams are in Zhuhai this weekend for the first of the two rounds of the World Cup of Motorsport to be held on Chinese soil this season, the fourth of the 2007-08 championship. A1 Team France is currently in second p more >>
A1 Team Lebanon ready for new Chinese challenge
A1 Team Lebanon resumes A1GP competition this weekend with a new venue for the Series. The Zhuhai International Circuit will host the fifth round of this season’s A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, welcoming the 22 nations to the province of GuangDong, close to the Hong Kong border. Khalil Beschir and Chris Alajajian will represent the nation, continuing their quest for champ more >>
Q and A with Alexandre Imperatori
Q: When was your last race this season? A: I finished my season two weeks ago in the F3 Asian Championship and am second overall in the championship. The results prepared me for a high level challenge for next season in F3 Japan.   Q: How long have you been in China? A: I settled here in Zhuhai when I was 17 and h more >>
Alexandre Imperatori: A1 Switzerland’s rookie races in Zhuhai
A1 Team Switzerland is to give 20-year-old Alexandre Imperatori from Chatel Saint Denis near Fribourg, his first outing as the team's rookie driver at the first Chinese round of the current A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season on December 14. The 20-year-old Swiss driver has ne more >>
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 more >>
Oliver Jarvis back and gunning for glory
A1GP race-winner Oliver Jarvis will be back in action in the British car next weekend when the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport™ makes its first ever visit to Zhuhai in China on 14-16 December 2007. After a promising start to proceedings, A1 Team Great Britain had a tough w more >>
A1 Team Brasil announces new rookie as series heads to China
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 4 - Zhuhai, China  As A1 Team Brasil prepares to head to China for the fourth round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, team principal Emerson Fittipaldi is proud to announce the signing of a young Brazilian talent who will join the team as a rookie driver. Clemente Faria Jr, who tested for the squad at Snetterton in August more >>
A1 Team Lebanon meets the press at home in Beirut
A1 Team Lebanon drivers, Khalil Beschir and Chris Alajajian were joined by Joe Ghanem, a young driver supported by the team, for a press conference held at Le Royal Hotel in Beirut today. A large audience of over 80 media and eight television stations gathered to meet the team. I t was an opportunity for more >>
A double podium for A1 Team France in Sepang
Today was a very good one for the A1 France Team which scored two second- place finishes in the Sepang race, putting it second overall in the championship chase. The day began with the Sprint race in which Loïc Duval, who started from second place on the grid, held on to that position until the chequered more >>
Q and A with Neel Jani after his dream of two wins in Malaysia
Sunday, November 25, 2007 Q: Happy with the result in Malaysia? A: Mission accomplished indeed! Two poles, two wins and two fastest laps! Two good starts and a good show! I really fulfilled my dream to win two consecutive races in one A1G more >>
Jani’s dream race: two wins and 32 more points give championship lead to A1 Team Switzerland
Round 3: A1GP World Cup of Motorsports - Sepang-Malaysia At the third round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Sepang-Malaysia , A1 Team Switzerland driver Neel Jani fulfilled his dream and won both the sprint and feature races. The team has now collected 61 points in the championship after six race star more >>
Vital points for GBR despite difficult weekend in Sepang
Oliver Jarvis scored valuable points in difficult conditions for A1 Team GBR in round three of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at the Sepang International Circuit. Oliver made a good start in the Sprint race holding position in third through Turn 1 before being caught out by France braking early for Turn 2. T more >>
A1 Team Lebanon suffers mixed fortunes in Malaysia
A1 Team Lebanon’s third season of A1GP racing continued with two hot, action packed races exciting the crowds in Sepang, Malaysia. A 15th place in the Sprint race was the spoils for the morning. A retirement from the Feature race was a disappointment for the team, after some very strong running which saw more >>
Podium joy for A1 Team Brasil and Jimenez
A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Round 3 - Sepang, Malaysia A1 Team Brasil is today celebrating an incredible result after Sergio Jimenez drove to second place in this afternoon’s feature race at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. It is the Brazilian squad’s best result since Nelson Piquet Jr took second more >>
A1 Team Switzerland's Rahel Frey explaining racing to young guns
... from Petronas Formula Xperience racing school ..     PETRONAS Formula Xperience (PFX) racing school season 2007 drivers   PETRONAS Formula Xperience (PF more >>
A1 Team France confirms its form
A1 Team France’s weekend got off to a good start on the Sepang circuit and the team confirmed its promising form today during qualifying for Sunday’s sprint and long races. Loïc Duval will start from second and fourth positions, which boosts his chances of making a fighting return to the championship more >>
2001-2023 copyright