Q&A with Neel Jani

Q&A with Neel Jani

16.12.2007: Q&A with Neel Jani

Q How do you feel ?

Clearly disappointed. It was a win written for me on the paper. Just an easy win that was due, but you never know in racing!

Q Talk your start through please

I had too much wheel spin and GBR overtook me. I saw that my sectors were quicker than his and with James Robinson our team engineer we decided to adapt our race strategy and to come in for the first pit stop one lap after him.

 

Q You took the lead of the race in the first pit stop on lap 10?

Exactly. It was a good strategy. After leaving the pits, I was controlling the race right away and I was reaching an over 5 seconds lead. I was controlling with no efforts saving the brakes, the weak point on this track.

 

Q What happened in the second pit stop?

There seems to have been a technical problem when the team tried to take the wheel off. This problem was beyond our control and unfortunately cost us the win.

Instead of a 12' stop we had a 35' stop. There was nothing the team could do. The safety locking mechanism was damaged when the right rear wheel was removed and the mechanics had to work on this so that I could restart.

 

Q What is the take away of your Zhuhai race?

Well, now I know a track where I had never driven before. But there are also two additional good points. Team Switzerland is the absolutely quickest when you look at the times and the data.

We arrived at Zhuhai leading the championship by eight points, but we are leaving with an extended 19 points gap. It may be a fair advantage that counts over a racing season.

 

Q What is next for you?

Christmas of course. After one year of hard travelling I am looking forward to be two weeks at home in Switzerland. Home, sweet home, and of course, I'll go skiing to keep fit!

Happy New Year to you all and thank you to all our fans for supporting us.

 

Next race: Round 5 - Taupo (NZ) 20 January 2008

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A1 Team Switzerland

A1 Team Switzerland is the Swiss national team in motorsport, representing its country in the unique global A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport. A1 Team Switzerland is 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. In 2006-2007 they again won from the pole in Malaysia, on the way to securing another top eight championship finish.

The drivers racing for their country in 2007-2008 will be Neel Jani and Sébastien Buemi. The rookie drivers will be Marcel Fässler, Tom Dillmann and two lady rookie drivers, Rahel Frey and Natacha Gachnang who participated successfully to a shootout event at Silverstone in September 2007. They will have the chance to represent their national team starting with the China Grand Prix, 4th leg of the A1 GP Championship.

Season's podiums:
(1x NED; 1xCZE; 2xMAL; 1xCHN1)

A1 Team Switzerland's selected best results Sprint race:
2 x 1st - Malaysia 2006/2007 (Neel Jani) and Dubai 2005/2006 (Neel Jani)
1 win Malaysia 2007/2008 (Neel Jani)

Feature race:
3 x 2nd 2005/2006 South Africa (Neel Jani),
Malaysia (Neel Jani), Portugal (Neel Jani)
1 win Malaysia 2007/2008 (Neel Jani)

Pole Position:
Malaysia 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 (Neel Jani), Dubai 2005/2006 (Neel Jani)
Malaysia Sprint and Feature race 2007/2008 (Neel Jani)
Zhuhai-China Feature race 2007/2008 (Neel Jani)

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Monday 17.50 "Sport highlights magazine" in the news
Tuesday 19.00 until 21.00 A1GP Magazin (Race Live on Tape)
U1 Swiss Sport TV is available in Switzerland on
"Cablecom Digital Network" and "Bluewin TV" from "Swisscom"

 

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