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."