Dubai: Team Switzerland race report

Team Switzerland won its first race of the A1 Grand Prix series today in Dubai when Neel Jani triumphed in the sprint race. Starting from pole position, Jani took a comfortable win to break A1 Team France's eight-race dominance of the top step...

Team Switzerland won its first race of the A1 Grand Prix series today in Dubai when Neel Jani triumphed in the sprint race. Starting from pole position, Jani took a comfortable win to break A1 Team France's eight-race dominance of the top step of the podium.

Neel Jani commented: "I'm incredibly happy to have taken my first win of the season. It's a nice birthday present. We finally got the car as we wanted today and I didn't make any mistakes. We got it all together for the sprint race and towards the end, I could enjoy a bit of a cushion I had built up over my rivals. I'm really happy to with the ten points for a win and to have taken our team's total to 75 points having also recorded the fastest lap."

"In the feature race I started from pole, but had a much tougher time. I had a good strategy and waited for the second safety car to pit. The potential and the speed were there, but we lost some valuable time with a drive through penalty. Unfortunately we lost it there, and I wasn't able to fight back. I finished in a disappointing 17th place which does not reflect our potential. We are still second in the championship with 75 points. And this is a good result. I am really happy to have scored valuable points in the first race today!"

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland commented: " A strong drive for the sprint race saw Neel Jani take his first win in the series in the sprint race and score the fastest lap. I am extremely proud of Neel. He did a fantastic job. I have never been more happy in my life for a long time. Neel was unlucky in the feature race after an excellent start when it all looked good, but that's motor racing."

-a1team.ch-

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