Zandvoort: Team France preview

This weekend the 2008-09 A1GP Championship kicks off on the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands. A1GP is an innovative concept on the international motorsport scene as it is the only championship in the world that pits national teams against one...

This weekend the 2008-09 A1GP Championship kicks off on the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands. A1GP is an innovative concept on the international motorsport scene as it is the only championship in the world that pits national teams against one another. The World Cup of Motorsport was launched in 2005 with teams represent strong and well-known nations as well as countries, which, until then, never had the opportunity of competing in top-level motorsport. Two new teams, Monaco and South Korea, will join the field this year and their entry highlights the growing success of A1GP throughout the world.

The World Cup of Motorsport is a single-make formula. All countries have the same car, a high technology single-seater designed specifically for A1GP. Its technical characteristics, like the sporting regulations that structure the race weekends, favour plenty of overtaking and non-stop on-track action. This season A1GP is underscoring its technological credibility with a completely new car. It will be powered by a V8 Ferrari engine produced and assembled specially for A1GP by the Italian manufacturer, while its new chassis has been penned by Maranello engineers. These include Rory Brown, the chief designer of the Ferraris that won multiple F1 world championships in the hands of Michael Schumacher. For the first time A1GP cars will use Michelin tyres.

The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport will take place on the most beautiful natural and city circuits over 10 weekends according to an ever more attractive format, which was modified during the winter to intensify the action. Supporters, commercial partners and media have already given this unique championship their full support, and it is now followed by more than 300 million TV viewers throughout the world on a yearly basis.

National pride, fairplay, adrenaline and sporting challenge are the key words of the fourth A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. On your marks!

A1TEAM FRANCE'S AIM: THE TITLE

Since the creation of the World Cup of Motorsport A1 Team France has always been among the front-runners in the chase for the title.

The "Bleus" were the first to win the inaugural A1GP World Cup of Motorsport Championship in 2005-2006. Today, A1 Team France is back for revenge and motivated by a single aim - reconquering the no.1 spot on the world scene.

This year, Loic Duval, Nicolas Prost and Guillaume Moreau will defend the team's colours.

THIS SEASON'S INNOVATIONS

The A1GP sporting regulations were amended during the winter to provide non-stop spectacle. This should lead to even more hotly-contested races and more concentrated action during the weekend.

The four qualifying sessions will last 10 minutes each instead of 15 minutes, as was the case last year. They will be separated by a 5-minute interval.

For the first time in its history A1GP will i mpose a mandatory tyre change during the Short Race, which must be carried out between laps 4 and 8.

The maximum duration of the Short Race will be extended to 24 minutes plus 1 lap as against 19 minutes last year.

The awarding of points at the end of the Short Race has been modified. Only the first eight will now receive points as follows: 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The attribution system for the long race remains unchanged.

Only the first-eight teams in the Short Race will be awarded prize money. This season a 00 bonus has been added, and will go to the nation setting the fastest lap in the race.

At the end of each practice session all competitors will have access to the telemetry data of the quickest car. This information will be made public and will include the speed, the position of the accelerator and brake plus the angle of the steering wheel. This article in the regulations will help drivers and engineers to revise their s et-up or driving style and gain precious tenths. Its aim is even closer on-track performances!

TV BROADCASTS IN FRANCE: THE FULL 2008-09 SEASON ON NT1

A1GP, the World Cup of Motorsport, and the NT1 channel (AB Group) announced the signature of an agreement this summer to show all the A1GP 2008-09 season events in France. The races will be shown live or recorded every Sunday around 15h00. NT1 has over 19.6 million viewers per week and is the third channel on TNT.

-credit: france

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Series A1GP
Drivers Loic Duval , Guillaume Moreau , Nicolas Prost