Debate: A1 Grand Prix

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Oliver Jarvis, A1 Grand Prix, test, 2007 | A1GP MediaThe third season of the A1 Grand Prix ‘World Cup of Motorsport’ starts this weekend at the former Grand Prix circuit Zandvoort. Will you be watching?

Started in late 2005 amid much fanfare, A1GP pits drivers from different countries against each other in identical, but fairly low-powered cars. Former F1 racers Ralph Firman, Narain Karthikeyan, Alex Yoong, Christian Fittipaldi, Hideki Noda and Patrick Friescaher, Jos Verstappen have competed in the championship.

What’s your opinion of the series as it enters its third season?

Is it a welcome addition to the racing calendar – particularly in the months when many championships aren’t racing?

Have you watched any races on TV or at the track? Do you think it is trying to be a rival to F1 – and if so, can it ever be successful?

I’ve kept an eye on A1GP and watched most of the races – I went to Brands Hatch for the finale to the 2006-07 season earlier this year and saw some excellent racing.

I definitely enjoy the races but at the moment I think it has too many weak drivers, perhaps because the cars don’t have very much power and hence aren’t seen as a useful step towards F1 for younger drivers.

Perhaps that will change in the future, however, as driver like Nico H??lkenberg who excelled in A1 look to move towards F1.

Read more about A1 Grand Prix at Maximum Motorsport.

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