• Jul 7th 2010 at 10:32AM
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Until its demise, A1GP had an intriguing, original formula. (At least once it took its place as a feeder series and not a competitor to Formula One). The idea, for those unfamiliar, was to pit teams representing their home countries against each other in identical F1-style single-seaters on famous race tracks around the world. Unfortunately, like so many things, the execution failed to live up to the idea.

With the series financially supporting each team, the whole proverbial house of cards came tumbling down last year, its creditors (including Ferrari, which had designed and built their new spec racer) seizing the series' assets.

Now it seems that the self-styled "World Cup of Motorsport" may have another chance to see the light of day. A group of investors is reportedly working out a plan to get the cars and other assets out of hock and field them once more. But instead of the original doomed formula, the re-inaugurated series would demand each team secure its own financial backing, while the series organizers would coordinate the races and provide spare parts trackside. An off-season calendar could see the series run 10 races in 2011-12, if the plan comes to fruition.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I would be quite enthusiastic about this, being Irish, and therefore defending champions, but I would agree with Redline about the format of the racing. I don't necessarily thing fuel stops should be allowed - they've been taken away from F1, so the action no longer revolves around pit-stops. Tyre stops in F1 are mandatory, probably from a safety point of view, because the tyres these days are so soft that they would simply degrade if left to run an entire race. But also because there'd be a lot of unemployed people in F1 if they weren't there! But you're right, in such a short race, tyre stops probably aren't necessary.

      And I would also agree that A1 found it difficult to hold onto it's talent. Adam Carrol, Team Ireland's victorious driver from the last season of the series, has now moved 'Stateside to the Indy Cars. I thought an F1 drive would have suited him as he seems to be quite consistent, and a proven race winner. He's probably not McLaren or Ferrari-grade, but he'd suit a team like Renault, Williams or Sauber, and since Eddie Jordan's retreat from the Formula 1 paddock, my interest in the sport has waned since I don't have a team from my own country to follow. I had an interest in the A1 as it was a level playing field and asking investors to come in to finance the series seems to take away from that somewhat. But following the sport was difficult due to limited television rights and the series being run in several far-flung places without a consistent frequency (F1 has mainstream TV coverage, and you know when each race is going to take place - usually every fortnight, sometimes once a week, sometimes once every three weeks, depending on whether or not it's a fly-away race).

      Either way, I hope Adam Carroll does well in the US. I probably won't know either way, since only smelly NASCAR gets any kind of coverage over here, which I've zero interest in, and even then, the coverage is pretty minimal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never liked the race format, they should just have one long race, no sprint race. Pit stops should not be mandatory as well and refueling should be allowed. Needs a bit of strategy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not holding my breath, there's no way a significant number of cars will be able to find financing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was one that was looking forward to A1GP for 2010 with its debut in Surfer's Paradise. But then everything went into receivership only a few days before containers were on their way to Australia.

      I was bitterly disappointed. Team USA was improving and becoming competitive after years of running mid-pack.

      Racing in general is not done for profit. If it was everybody would be in F1, F3 or NASCAR as those are the only series were owners can actually come close to a return on investment. What you depend on is good economic environments, which allows the money to flow freely from auto manufacturers eager to promote brands and technology.

      Then the economy turns bad, the money dies up and series are often left to their own devices. Single Seater racing is not like Sports Cars where a wealthy person can drive his own investment along with a seasoned pro or promising young driver.

      That being said, I would welcome the return of A1GP

      • 5 Years Ago
      Only the richer nations will willing sponsors are going to go anywhere with this system. Before, it would have been cool as it would have been much more of a driver's race.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A1GP is run by some arab kazillionaire that wants to have a racing series thats his "baby" to rival F1. This shows that they have more money than brains because you simply go out and create a racing series name it A1 (like it is the best, el primo or something) or the "World cup of motorsport" because it has different countries represented. Bottom line is that the cars are spec and any of the drivers would go F1 in a heartbeat if they had the chance (or they were already there, drove for a bad team, and stunk) which is pretty much why they are racing in the series, just to try and earn some more credit to their name.
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