A1 Grand PrixThe A1 Grand Prix is a new open wheel series being formed to run in the off-season of Formula 1 making its debut on 25 September 2005.A1 is an idea promoted by the enterprising and eloquent Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, a member of the ruling family of Dubai .The races will be held in winter which is off-seaseon for F1.Whats unique about this race is that, instead of Ferrari and Renault in warlock , each country will bw pitted against each other .Imagine india competiting with Pakistan , China , Australia. Hence, Sheikh Maktoum is calling A1 Grand Prix the 'World Cup of Motorsports.All cars will have same specificationunlike the f1 cars which very in terma on hourse power . A1 car will be the second-fastest single-seater racing car after Formula One cars with speeds of up to 330km/h.All countries taking part will use identical Lola cars featuring powerful 3.4 litre V8 Zytek engines, to place more emphasis on driver ability, unlike in Formula 1.Atleast 21 teams will be competitng in the competationThe Team India franchise has been acquired by the Gupta family, who own the £100million turnover Sahara Computer Group which will be formely launched in July.Teams already there are Portugal ,Brazil , America, China, Japan, Australia , Bahrain , etcA1 Grand Prix DatesSeptember 25, Brands Hatch (GB)October 9, Eurospeedway (D)October 23, Estoril (P)November 6, Eastern Creek (AUS)November 20, Sepang (MAL)December 11, Dubai Autodrome (UAE)January 15, TBA (Indonesia/Singapore)January 29, Durban (ZA)February 12, Monterrey (MEX)February 26, San Antonio (USA)March 12, Laguna Seca (USA)March 26, Beijing Goldenport (China).The calendar is still be confirmed by the FIA.
12/03/2006 Bahrain Sakhir 19/03/2006 Malaysia Sepang 02/04/2006 Australia Melbourne 23/04/2006 San Marino Imola 07/05/2006 Europe Nurburgring 14/05/2006 Spain Barcelona 28/05/2006 Monaco Monaco 11/06/2006 Great-Britain Silverstone 25/06/2006 Canada Montréal 02/07/2006 USA Indianapolis 16/07/2006 France Magny-Cours 30/07/2006 Germany Hockenheim 06/08/2006 Hungary Hungaroring 27/08/2006 Turkey Istanbul 10/09/2006 Italy Monza 17/09/2006 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps 01/10/2006 Japan Suzuka 08/10/2006 China Shanghai 22/10/2006 Brazil Interlagos
This season was a disaster for me as far as Formula-1 was concerned. I am a Ferrari and a Michael Schumacher fan and well I was disappointed. Next season would be up from March 12 next year and I am looking forward to it. Barrichello is gone from Ferrari, which is good news, and Massa replaces him. Perhaps Ferrari is waiting for 2007 to get hold of Kimi Raikkonen.Another rumor in the market is that Ferrari would like to bring Valentino Rossi to its Formula-1 team. That would be some interesting move! If Michael retires at the end of next year, a Rossi-Raikkonen duo in the red Ferrari would make for a fantastic viewing.In other stuff, we now have Honda racing as an independent team. BMW also has decided to move away from Williams and would be fielding their own team. Jordan is gone and so is Narain Karthikeyan from what I have heard. Midland is replacing Jordan in collaboration with Toyota, which would be an interesting setup.If Toyota has a second team in the running, so is Honda along with Super Aguri F1. looks like in a couple of years, we would be having Toyota and Honda competing for the title with Ferrari and Mercedes struggling to keep pace with them as it is in the global market. No US based team in Formula-1 goes on to show how their auto industry is fairing in the international market!
asia has become a bigger market for f1. more crowd, better circuits, and well... in the end more returns. lack of restrictions is also a good reason. europe has implemented a anti-alcohol anti-smoking campaign which are some of the biggest sponsors for most of the teams.