Shanghai: Team Switzerland preview

Television in Switzerland on Sunday Swiss sports television SSF (at the STAR TV channel): from 09.00 CET live Premiere: from 08.45 CET live Sky Sport Italia: from 08.00 CET live Eurosport France: from 20.45 CET Swiss team could secure title in...

Television in Switzerland on Sunday

Swiss sports television SSF (at the STAR TV channel): from 09.00 CET live
Premiere: from 08.45 CET live
Sky Sport Italia: from 08.00 CET live
Eurosport France: from 20.45 CET

Swiss team could secure title in China

The closing stages of the A1GP Series' season will doubtlessly provide plenty of drama. On the eve of the two races in Shanghai, eight out of 22 teams still have mathematical chances of winning the title. Switzerland is in the most favourable position, being able to claim the title already before the Brands Hatch season finale when everything runs well.

When the Swiss team is able to extend its current margin of 15 points to 33, nothing can go wrong anymore on May 4th in the UK. However, two top results in China will not be enough. An early title win would also require quite a lot of bad luck for the opponents. Because of this situation, Neel Jani's task is to have his eyes set on the goal for the season. Winning the title, in Brands Hatch at the latest, would cast away any frustrations over the questionable decisions by the stewards in Mexico, that cost Switzerland at least twelve points.

In the two past years, Neel Jani had to miss out on the Shanghai round due to clashing Formula 1 and Champ Car commitments. However, the Swiss already knows the major part of the track from his days as a member of the Toro Rosso Formula 1 team. In September 2006, he ran there as a test driver on the Friday prior to the Grand Prix. Like last year, the 5.4 kilometres long track will be shortened to 4.6 kilometres for the A1GP Series, leaving out three corners but including an additional chicane.

For the second time this season, Alexandre Imperatori will be driving as a rookie. Born in the Freiburg region and celebrating his 21st birthday on April 19th, the driver with both Swiss and German nationality is quite familiar with the race tracks in the Far East, having raced in the Chinese and Asian Formula Renault championships for two years. Recently, he moved from Zhuhai, where he made a good impression upon his rookie debut for Switzerland mid-December, to Shanghai.

The four races held in Shanghai so far saw for different winners. In April, 2006, Malaysia (Alex Yoong) came out on top in the sprint race while the Czech Republic (Tomas Enge) won the feature race. One year later, Great Britain (Robbie Kerr) and New Zealand (Jonny Reid) took the spoil. The latter is one of Switzerland's main rivals in the battle for the title in the nations' cup of motorsports. Another opponent is France, that has hired ex-Formula 1 driver Franck Montagny to replace its regular drivers Loïc Duval and Jonathan Cochet. The 30-year old was a test driver for Renault from 2003 till 2005 and for Toyota in 2007. In 2006, he raced in seven Grands Prix for Super Aguri.

-credit: a1team-sui.ch

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Series A1GP
Drivers Jonathan Cochet , Tomas Enge , Franck Montagny , Alex Yoong , Robbie Kerr , Neel Jani , Loic Duval , Jonny Reid , Alexandre Imperatori
Teams Toro Rosso