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2008-09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Malaysia

The 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Malaysia was an A1 Grand Prix race to held at Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Malaysia.

Pre-race

Because Great Britain, India and Mexico had only joined the season at the Chinese round, they were permitted to take part in a special practice session on November 20.[1] In the wet conditions, Narain Karthikeyan was the fastest driver just in front of Danny Watts. Davíd Garza Pérez was 3 seconds slowest.

Drivers

Team Main Driver Rookie Driver[2] Reserve Driver
Australia Australia John Martin Ashley Walsh[3]
Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães Felipe Guimarães
Canada Canada Did Not Participate
China China Ho-Pin Tung Congfu Cheng
France France Loïc Duval[4] Nicolas Prost
Germany Germany Did Not Participate
United Kingdom Great Britain Danny Watts[4] Danny Watts James Winslow
India India Narain Karthikeyan Armaan Ebrahim
Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto Zahir Ali
Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll[4] Niall Quinn
Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo Stefano Coletti
South Korea Korea Hwang Jin-Woo Hwang Jin-Woo
Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad Daniel Morad Jimmy Auby
Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy[5] Aaron Lim[5]
Mexico Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez
Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione
Netherlands The Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen[4] Dennis Retera
New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber[6] Earl Bamber Chris van der Drift
Pakistan Pakistan Did Not Participate
Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque[4] Armando Parente[7]
South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg Gavin Cronje
Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani Alexandre Imperatori
United States USA Marco Andretti[4] J. R. Hildebrand

Qualifying

The qualifying sessions were the first to utilise the new "joker" Qualifying lap rule – where the driver has PowerBoost available for use over an entire qualifying lap, to be used in any session at the team's discretion.[8]

Sprint race qualifying[9]
Pos Team Time Gap
1 Switzerland Switzerland 1'47.154
2 France France 1'47.747 +0.593
3 New Zealand New Zealand 1'47.779 +0.625
4 Portugal Portugal 1'48.930 +1.776
5 Italy Italy 1'49.007 +1.853
6 United Kingdom Great Britain 1'49.076 +1.922
7 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1'49.197 +2.043
8 Mexico Mexico 1'49.293 +2.139
9 Netherlands Netherlands 1'49.323 +2.169
10 India India 1'49.350 +2.196
11 South Africa South Africa 1'49.528 +2.374
12 United States USA 1'49.650 +2.496
13 Malaysia Malaysia 1'49.753 +2.599
14 Brazil Brazil 1'50.085 +2.931
15 Monaco Monaco 1'50.171 +3.017
16 Australia Australia (1) 1'49.998 +2.844
17 China China 1'50.274 +3.120
18 Lebanon Lebanon 1'50.382 +3.228
19 Indonesia Indonesia 1'51.423 +4.269
20 South Korea Korea no time
Feature race qualifying[10]
Pos Team Time Gap
1 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1'47.124
2 United Kingdom Great Britain 1'47.340 +0.216
3 Lebanon Lebanon 1'47.645 +0.521
4 Malaysia Malaysia 1'47.648 +0.524
5 Portugal Portugal 1'47.680 +0.556
6 Netherlands Netherlands 1'47.825 +0.701
7 India India 1'47.848 +0.724
8 United States USA 1'47.866 +0.742
9 France France 1'47.993 +0.869
10 China China 1'48.126 +1.002
11 Monaco Monaco 1'48.242 +1.118
12 Brazil Brazil 1'48.323 +1.199
13 Australia Australia 1'48.586 +1.462
14 Indonesia Indonesia 1'48.839 +1.715
15 New Zealand New Zealand 1'48.866 +1.742
16 Switzerland Switzerland 1'48.980 +1.856
17 South Africa South Africa 1'49.061 +1.937
18 Mexico Mexico 1'49.537 +2.413
19 Italy Italy 1'49.885 +2.761
20 South Korea Korea no time

  • (1) : Australia received a two-place grid penalty for the Sprint race for using a non-approved part in practice.[11]

Sprint Race

Following a major crash at the first start, involving United States USA, Brazil Brazil and India India, and the pack slowed down after it seemed to have accelerated off, the race was delayed 30 minutes for track cleanup, and reduced to 11 laps.

This Sprint Race was the first this season to utilise the new Sprint Race pit-stop rule, the windows always set for Laps 4–8.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 11 22'41.567 10 +1
2 France France Loïc Duval 11 +9.912 8
3 New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber 11 +11.813 6
4 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 11 +12.453 5
5 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 11 +13.205 4
6 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 11 +15.399 3
7 Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 11 +19.947 2
8 Australia Australia John Martin 11 +21.437 1
9 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 11 +27.674
10 China China Ho-Pin Tung 11 +29.492
11 Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad 11 +32.049
12 Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione 11 +32.406
13 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 11 +38.959
14 Mexico Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 11 +55.055
15 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 10 +1 lap
Ret United Kingdom Great Britain Danny Watts 4 Gearbox
Ret Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães 0 Accident
Ret India India Narain Karthikeyan 0 Accident
Ret United States USA Marco Andretti 0 Accident
DNS South Korea Korea Hwang Jin-Woo Did Not Start

Race red-flagged after the start because of accident.

Feature Race

The second pit stop window was set for Laps 20–28. Switzerland Switzerland were sent to the back of the grid for having a brake cooler in too long before the start, and a pit crew violation during the Sprint Race pit-stop.

Pos Team Driver Laps Time Points
1 Republic of Ireland Ireland Adam Carroll 34 1:05'52.205 15 +1
2 Portugal Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 34 +15.996 12
3 United States USA Marco Andretti 34 +47.637 10
4 Australia Australia John Martin 34 +51.679 8
5 South Africa South Africa Adrian Zaugg 34 +52.106 6
6 New Zealand New Zealand Earl Bamber 34 +54.354 5
7 Brazil Brazil Felipe Guimarães 34 +57.369 4
8 Netherlands Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 34 +57.490 3
9 China China Ho-Pin Tung 34 +59.158 2
10 Malaysia Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 34 +1'03.888 1
11 Italy Italy Edoardo Piscopo 34 +1'06.145
12 Lebanon Lebanon Daniel Morad 34 +1'14.990
13 Indonesia Indonesia Satrio Hermanto 34 +1'15.761
14 France France Loïc Duval 34 +1'16.463
15 Mexico Mexico Davíd Garza Pérez 34 +1'30.001
16 United Kingdom Great Britain Danny Watts 28 +6 laps
Ret Monaco Monaco Clivio Piccione 2 Mechanical
Ret India India Narain Karthikeyan 0 Collision
Ret Switzerland Switzerland Neel Jani 0 Collision
DNS South Korea Korea Hwang Jin-Woo Did Not Start

Notes

References

External links

  • Switzerland's Sepang Sprint
  • Sprint race: as it happened
  • Sprint race results
  • Feature Glory for Ireland
  • Feature race results


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