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The 2008-09 A1 Grand Prix season was the fourth and final season of the A1 Grand Prix formula.
A1 Team Ireland became the fourth A1GP champions, after a title battle which went down to the final round in Great Britain. Ireland won with 112 points, with team driver Adam Carroll taking five victories at Chengdu, Sepang, Taupo and the series finale at Brands Hatch during the shortened 14 race season. Three rounds were cancelled for various reasons. The following season was cancelled.
A1 Team Switzerland finished the season in second place with 95 points and four wins by its driver Neel Jani. Third by just three points was A1 Team Portugal, whose driver Filipe Albuquerque took one race win.
Dutch pairing Jeroen Bleekemolen and Robert Doornbos each took a win to take A1 Team Netherlands to fourth position in the team standings with Fairuz Fauzy and Loïc Duval taking the remaining wins for A1 Team Malaysia and A1 Team France respectively.
During the 2007-08 Shanghai race weekend, it was announced at an official ceremony that Korea would be participating in the 2008-09 season. Jung-Yong Kim of Omnibus Investment is the seat holder, with Good EMG supporting the project. Carlin Motorsport ran the racing team.
On 29 August 2008, it was announced that A1 Team Monaco would competing in season four. The joint seat holders were Hubertus Bahlsen, and former F3 and GP2 driver Clivio Piccione, who took on the driving duties.
Two teams appeared in A1GP documentation throughout the season but did not race. Wade Cherwayko's A1 Team Canada appeared on paper but the team did not show for any races and Adam Khan tested the A1 Team Pakistan car on a number of occasions but did not travel to any races.
The 21 teams that started a race in the 2008-09 championship were:
|Race Team||Team||Seat holder||Race drivers||Rounds||Other drivers|
|Alan Docking Racing||A1 Team Australia||Alan Jones||John Martin||All||Ashley Walsh|
|Andretti Green Racing||A1 Team USA||Michael Andretti||Charlie Kimball||1||Robbie Pecorari|
|Argo Racing Cars Ltd.||A1 Team India||Ravi Chilukuri||Narain Karthikeyan||2-7|| Armaan Ebrahim|
|A1 Team Lebanon||Tameem Auchi||Daniel Morad||All||Jimmy Auby|
|Boer Racing Services||A1 Team Portugal||Luís Vicente||Filipe Albuquerque||All|| António Félix da Costa|
|A1 Team Switzerland||Max Welti||Neel Jani||All||Alexandre Imperatori|
|Carlin Motorsport||A1 Team Korea||Jung-Yong Kim||Hwang Jin-Woo||1-3|
|Connor Racing||A1 Team France||Jean Paul Driot||Loïc Duval||1, 3-4|
|Nicolas Prost||2, 5-7|
|A1 Team South Africa||Tokyo Sexwale||Adrian Zaugg||1-6|| Gavin Cronje|
|Alan van der Merwe||7|
|DSM||A1 Team Brazil||Emerson Fittipaldi||Felipe Guimarães||All||Ana Beatriz|
|A1 Team New Zealand||Colin Giltrap||Earl Bamber||1, 3, 5-7|
|Chris van der Drift||2, 4|
|Escuderia del Mediterraneo||A1 Team Mexico||Julio Jauregui Saad||Davíd Garza Pérez||2-3||Juan Pablo Garcia|
|A1 Team Great Britain||A1 Team Great Britain||Tony Clements
|Danny Watts||2-3, 5|| Aaron Steele|
|Dan Clarke||4, 6-7|
|GU-Racing International||A1 Team Germany||Rolf Beisswanger||Michael Ammermüller||5, 7|
|A1 Team Malaysia||A1 Team Malaysia||Alex Yoong||Fairuz Fauzy||1-6|
|A1 Team Monaco||A1 Team Monaco||Clivio Piccione
|Clivio Piccione||All||Hubertus Bahlsen|
|Performance Racing||A1 Team Indonesia||Bagoes Hermanto||Satrio Hermanto||1-4, 7|
|Racing for Holland||A1 Team The Netherlands||Jan Lammers||Jeroen Bleekemolen||1, 3, 5, 7||Dennis Retera|
|Robert Doornbos||2, 4, 6|
|Team Astromega||A1 Team China||Liu Yu||Ho-Pin Tung||1-3, 5-6||Adderly Fong|
|Congfu Cheng||4, 7|
|Team Ghinzani||A1 Team Italy||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Fabio Onidi||1|| Stefano Coletti|
|Status Grand Prix||A1 Team Ireland||Mark Gallagher, Teddy Yip Jr.,
||Adam Carroll||All||Niall Quinn|
On 11 October 2007, A1GP and Ferrari announced a six-year collaboration on the new generation of A1GP cars. The new "Powered by Ferrari" car is a modification of the Formula One Ferrari F2004 chassis with a V8 Ferrari engine producing 600 bhp. The car was officially revealed in Southern England, and driven for the first time by John Watson in an inaugural event in May 2008. Michelin supplied the tyres for the new car.
The car was developed and tested over more than 5600 kilometres at Mugello Circuit, Fiorano Circuit, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Circuito Guadix, Silverstone Circuit, Donington Park, Circuit Paul Ricard and Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. Andrea Bertolini was the main test driver, but testing was carried out by Marc Gené, Patrick Friesacher, Jonny Kane and Danny Watts during the sessions at Silverstone Circuit.
On August 2-3, 2008, the first press and public presentation of the A1GP Powered by Ferrari car was held on the TT Circuit Assen with former A1 Team Netherlands driver, Renger van der Zande. Two weeks after, the car was presented in Rotterdam during the Bavaria City Racing Festival. The A1 Team Netherlands car was driven by Carlo van Dam.
A number of rules were changed for the 2008-09 season.
An update to the sporting regulations means that technical details of the fastest lap in any session (practice or qualifying) will be made available to all teams after the session ends. This is to allow slower or weaker teams to learn how they can improve their own lap times, making the "field spread" that much smaller.
Several detailed changes to the Friday "rookie sessions" were released on 1 September 2008:
The season started at the Circuit Park Zandvoort, Netherlands on 5 October 2008.
Further timetable details were announced on 9 June 2008.
On 21 August 2008, the Italy race at Mugello was moved back following a delay in the build schedule of the new chassis, and Zandvoort was named as the first race of the season. A replacement date was not announced.
Further timetable changes were announced on 26 August 2008. The Chinese round was confirmed to be held at Chengdu Goldenport Circuit, and swapped places in the calendar with the Indonesian round at Jakarta. Subsequent to that, the Indonesian race was moved back further, to 8 February due to track construction.
On 9 September 2008, Brands Hatch was confirmed as hosting the race in Great Britain at the end of the season. It was also announced that as a replacement date for the Mugello race could not be found, the race was removed from the season's schedule.
Round 5 at Lippo Village, Indonesia was cancelled on January 16 due to the circuit missing a construction deadline, mainly caused by a heavy rain season. The Mexican round was also moved back by one week, so as to avoid clashing with a Radiohead music concert, which was to take place in the baseball stadium inside the circuit at the original date.
On February 17, 2009, the A1GP Gauteng official preview reported that the Mexico City round was no longer to take place on the weekend of March 20-22 and a replacement date was being sought. eTicket.com.mx advertised the event as it should take place on the weekend of the 22-24 May, and was confirmed on March 31, 2009, subject to the FIA-stipulated changes to the Peraltada corner.
On the 5th of March, the proposed Interlagos race was removed from the circuit's official calendar, presumably signalling an end to A1GP's plans to run a race meeting there.
|Round||Date||Country||Circuit||Pole Position||Fastest Lap||Winner||Report|
|S||21 September 2008||Italy||Autodromo Internazionale di Mugello||Cancelled||Report|
|1||S||5 October 2008||Netherlands||Circuit Park Zandvoort||Jeroen Bleekemolen||Loïc Duval||Fairuz Fauzy||Report|
|F||Fairuz Fauzy||Charlie Kimball||Loïc Duval|
|2||S||9 November 2008||China||Chengdu International Circuit||Adam Carroll||Adam Carroll||Adam Carroll||Report|
|F||Danny Watts||Robert Doornbos||Filipe Albuquerque|
|3||S||23 November 2008||Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit||Neel Jani||Neel Jani||Neel Jani||Report|
|F||Adam Carroll||Adam Carroll||Adam Carroll|
|4||S||25 January 2009||New Zealand||Taupo Motorsport Park||Adam Carroll||Neel Jani||Adam Carroll||Report|
|F||Adam Carroll||Filipe Albuquerque||Neel Jani|
|S||8 February 2009||Indonesia||Jakarta Street Circuit||Cancelled||Report|
|5||S||22 February 2009||South Africa||Kyalami||Jeroen Bleekemolen||Filipe Albuquerque||Jeroen Bleekemolen||Report|
|F||Clivio Piccione||Fairuz Fauzy||Neel Jani|
|6||S||12 April 2009||Portugal||Autódromo Internacional do Algarve||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Adam Carroll||Robert Doornbos||Report|
|F||Robert Doornbos||Adam Carroll||Neel Jani|
|7||S||3 May 2009||Great Britain||Brands Hatch||Adam Carroll||Adam Carroll||Adam Carroll||Report|
|F||Adam Carroll||John Martin||Adam Carroll|
|S||24 May 2009||Mexico||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez||Cancelled||Report|