Team Switzerland names Mondini for final two venues

A1 Team Switzerland confirms Mondini for final two rounds Friday, 17 February 2006 A1 Team Switzerland has confirmed that 25-year-old Giorgio Mondini will take over from Neel Jani for the final two rounds of the A1 Grand Prix season. Jani ...

A1 Team Switzerland confirms Mondini for final two rounds

Friday, 17 February 2006 A1 Team Switzerland has confirmed that 25-year-old Giorgio Mondini will take over from Neel Jani for the final two rounds of the A1 Grand Prix season. Jani will take up his driving responsibilities with Formula One team Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Mondini will be at the wheel of A1 Team Switzerland's car for USA and Chinese rounds of the championship on 12 March and 2 April respectively.

"The team is in a strong position in the championship and we are working hard to close the gap to A1 Team France," comments Max Welti, team principal, A1 Team Switzerland. "I'm confident Giorgio Mondini will settle into the team quickly and will be the perfect driver to continue building our challenge for the title."

A1 Team Switzerland is second in the championship with 104 points after the last round of the season in Sentul (Indonesia). The team has closed to within 28 points of championship leaders A1 Team France.

Giorgio Mondini biography

Born in Genova on 19 July 1980, Giorgio Mondini grew up in Switzerland and now lives in Vandoeuvres near Geneva. Mondini's first major successes came in 2001 when he won the CN2 Sport Prototype Italian Championship race at Monza and competed in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2000 championship.

In 2002 he continued building his single-seater experience in 2002 in Formula Renault 2000 before moving into the Eurocup Formula V6 championship in 2003 where he finished seventh in the championship. That year he also finished fifth in the Fran-Am FR 2000 winter series.

In 2004 Mondini won the Formula Renault V6 championship taking three race wins and three pole positions on the way. Mondini's success was rewarded in 2005 as he signed for DPR in the GP2 championship. He also competed in the World Series by Renault championship and got noticed by the Renault Formula One team which gave him a test session in its F1 car at Barcelona. Giorgio Mondini (ITA) - DPR will continue his involvement in F1 in 2006 as third driver for Midland F1 Racing at nine of the season's F1 Grand Prix.

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Series A1GP
Drivers Neel Jani , Giorgio Mondini , Max Welti
Teams Toro Rosso