Alexandre Imperatori: A1 Switzerland’s rookie races in Zhuhai

Alexandre Imperatori: A1 Switzerland’s rookie races in Zhuhai

10.12.2007: 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 never tested for the team or driven an A1GP car, however, his experience from three years of racing in Asia and six past races at Zhuhai made him a natural choice for team principal Max Welti for the rookie session.

Alexandre Imperatori started karting when he was just four years old and has a strong racing experience in junior formulae with his first win in single seater at the Zhuhai circuit in 2004 in the Asian Formula Renault Championship. Alexandre finished second in the Asian Formula Renault championship this season on November 26, 2007.

"I am really happy to be joining the team and I am looking forward to working with everyone, Imperatori said. This is a new step in my career. Zhuhai has been my home track for the last three years. I will make use of my experience there to best help the A1 team Switzerland on its first visit to Zhuhai. I do hope to bring a lot of experience to the team."

"My first win on this track dates back to 2004," Imperatori added. "I know the track well since my team was based at this track. I will have to learn to handle the car, but I can drive around the track with my eyes closed and can give good advice to Neel on the best lines to be quick in the blind turns and to avoid under-steering on this track.

I followed the A1 Grand Prix series during their its first visit to China. I am so pleased to be able to work with Neel Jani and Max Welti. I have followed my national teams success very closely and am looking forward to learning a lot from them."

 

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland, "It is a bit unusual to choose a rookie driver with no experience in the car. But Alexandre Imperatori’s knowledge of the track puts him in a unique position to help us.

I am hopeful that our engineers will have a good working relationship with the fresh Asian Formula Renault championship runner-up and that we will benefit from his valuable experience on-track to prepare for a good weekend for the team and Neel Jani."

 

 

- Agnes Carlier - also photo

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10.12.2007 / MaP

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