A1GP in trouble as opening race is cancelled

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A1 Grand Prix has cancelled its planned season opener at Surfers’ Paradise in Australia which was supposed to take place next week. This is the second year in a row A1 has cancelled its season-opening race – last year an event at Mugello was canned at the 11th hour. Several races in the 2008/09 calendar … Continue reading A1GP in trouble as opening race is cancelled

A1GP adds Mexican round but Peraltada gets chopped

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A1 Grand Prix has re-instated the Mexican round of the calendar as a new season finale. The championship will still visit Brands Hatch for the British round, but after that it will return to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on May 22nd-24th. However the distinctive Peraltada corner is to be drastically overhauled. The … Continue reading A1GP adds Mexican round but Peraltada gets chopped

How do the 2009 F1 cars compare to other single-seater racing cars?

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The 2009-style F1 cars have got a lukewarm reaction from fans – less than half of F1 Fanatic readers thought they looked good when we did a poll on it last week. To get to the heart of what’s gone wrong with F1 car aesthetics I thought we should compare them to top single-seaters from … Continue reading How do the 2009 F1 cars compare to other single-seater racing cars?

Video: Carroll and Jani share honours at Taupo (A1 Grand Prix)

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Adam Carroll converted pole position into victory in the A1GP sprint race at Taupo in New Zealand, increasing Ireland’s lead in the championship. Video highlights from the sprint race can be viewed above. He was followed home by Switzerland’s Neel Jani – who then reversed the positions in the feature race, leading Carroll home. It … Continue reading Video: Carroll and Jani share honours at Taupo (A1 Grand Prix)

Indonesian round cancelled, Mexican race moved (A1GP)

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A1 Grand Prix’s attempt to bring its brand of racing to the streets of Indonesia have failed as the Lippo did not gain FIA approval in time: This follows notification this morning from the FIA that certain aspects of the track construction project, undertaken by the local promoter and organisers of the event, have failed … Continue reading Indonesian round cancelled, Mexican race moved (A1GP)

A1 Grand Prix takes radical step to level playing field (A1GP)

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A1 Grand Prix has taken further measures to help its less experienced and less capable teams narrow the gap to the front runners. In the 2008-2009 season it will make the telemetry available from the car that sets the fastest lap in practice and qualifying. But will it actually help the teams at the back … Continue reading A1 Grand Prix takes radical step to level playing field (A1GP)

A1 Grand Prix?s new generation could be a rival to Formula 1

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When A1 Grand Prix first began in 2005 its organisers played down claims it might be a rival to Formula 1. With substantially less powerful cars and a roster consisting largely of inexperienced drivers, it wasn?t likely to lure viewers away from motor racing?s top flight. But signs are that could be about to change … Continue reading A1 Grand Prix?s new generation could be a rival to Formula 1

Ferrari A1GP car for 2008-09 season revealed

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This is the first picture of Ferrari’s A1 Grand Prix car for the 2008-09 season. View a high-resolution image of the 2008 Ferrari A1GP car According to the A1 organsiers the car is based on Ferrari’s 2004 machine, the F2004. The two certainly bear a close similarity (see below for image and press release).

Don’t blame Hermann Tilke, blame the rules

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New Formula 1 tracks usually have two things in common: they’re designed by Hermann Tilke, and they get criticised by F1 fans and commentators for being dull, sterile and unchallenging. Inevitably Tilke gets the blame, but I read something in Autosport recently that made me wonder whether that’s fair: Current F1 track design rules limit … Continue reading Don’t blame Hermann Tilke, blame the rules