Durban: Team Switzerland race report

A1 Team Switzerland scores two podiums in South Africa South Africa, Durban, Sunday, 29 January 2006 - A1 Team Switzerland claimed two podiums in South Africa, finishing the sprint race in third and the feature race in second. Jani took the lead...

A1 Team Switzerland scores two podiums in South Africa

South Africa, Durban, Sunday, 29 January 2006 - A1 Team Switzerland claimed two podiums in South Africa, finishing the sprint race in third and the feature race in second. Jani took the lead of the feature race right at the start and looked set to win until a brake problem in the final laps meant he had to ease off and let Verstappen through.

"The race is always a different story," Jani said. "My starting position was not too bad for the sprint race and we were consistent and finished on the podium at a difficult track. We needed to score as many points as possible here to catch up with France. In the feature race it was great to take the lead from France right at the start but right at the end I had some brake problems and had to let Verstappen go past while making sure I made it to the finish and scored as many points as possible."

Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland commented: "Neel had a good day and didn't make any mistakes during the sprint race. He drove consistently and scored a well earned podium. We were unlucky in the feature race after making an excellent start it all looked good for the win but then we had a brake problem. But at least we finished second, claimed our ninth podium of the season and scored a total of 17 points which helped us close the gap to France."

After the seventh round of the new A1 Grand Prix Series, Team A1 Switzerland is currently ranking in second position in the championship with92 points. The next round will be staged at Sentul (Indonesia), where Neel Jani is the nominated driver.

A1 Grand Prix continues to make huge strides in attracting worldwide audiences in its inaugural season. After its first five races A1GP is reaching an average audience of more than 8 million viewers per race in more than 120 countries. Team A1 Team Switzerland is still ranking in second position in the World Championship.

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Series A1GP
Drivers Neel Jani , Max Welti