2005 A1GP Championship - Round 3 - Estoril

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2005 A1GP Championship
Round 3 - Estoril


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Overview

Located on the northern coast of the estuary of the River Tagus. It can be found in the hills behind the once-glamorous resort town of Estoril - which has grand hotels reminiscent of the French Riviera and a huge casino - and the small fishing port of Cascais.

An ever-present on the F1 calendar between 1984 and 1996, Estoril was removed from the 1997 schedule after the FIA were unhappy with the status of redevelopment work on the circuit.With a track lay-out very similar to its Iberian counterpart at Barcelona, the track is hard on the tyres and with long sweeping turns the circuit can be tiring for the drivers.
In February 2000 the revised circuit was finally re-granted a testing license for Formula 1 cars.

Length: 4360 m
Turns: 15
Direction: Clockwise
Total Distance: 309,560 km
Fastest Lap: Damon Hill 1993 (Williams/Renault) 1:14.859 min.
 
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Championship standing after round 2

Code:
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Pos	Country		Points	Sprint	Feature Poles	Fastest
				Wins	Wins		laps[/b]
1	Brazil		30	1	1	1	2	
2	France		29	1	1	1	-	
3	New Zealand	29	-	-	-	-	
4	Switzerland	17	-	-	-	-	
5	Australia	16	-	-	-	-	
6	Mexico		16	-	-	-	-	
7	Great Britain	15	-	-	-	-	
8	Canada		14	-	-	-	-	
9	Malaysia	11	-	-	-	-	
10	Germany		8	-	-	-	-	
11	Netherlands	8	-	-	-	-	
12	Ireland		8	-	-	-	-	
13	Japan		6	-	-	-	-	
14	South Africa	5	-	-	-	-	
15	Pakistan	4	-	-	-	-	
16	Indonesia	3	-	-	-	-	
17	Portugal	3	-	-	-	-
 
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Changes for Estoril

Ahead of this weekend's third round of the A1 GP Championship, Lola - manufacturers of the A1 car - have made a couple of minor changes.

Following the scenes at Brands Hatch and Lausitz, when the pit crew struggled with wheel nuts, and consequently, pit stops became a lottery, Lola has produced a new wheel nut with a longer lead in: The teams will have to fettle the hubs, but it should be a significant improvement."

There wasn't really anything wrong with the original design," added the spokesman, "however some teams were rushing things and consequently the nut cross-threaded."

Of the problems with batteries, the spokesman said: "There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the two we have used, many teams seem incapable of good 'battery management', putting part charged items on the car.

"There was a problem of vibration with the larger battery," he added, "therefore, a new support tray has been designed to alleviate this."

It's understood that much of the Estoril weekend will be wet.
 
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Extra practice sessions at Estoril

There will be two additional forty-minute practice sessions at Estoril next weekend ahead of the first scheduled free practice session on Friday.

The reason for the extra sessions is in order to give some extra time to the five teams that entered A1 at the very last moment, and thereby missed the Paul Ricard test, and also to allow teams to run the chassis and engines that have not yet run.

All 25 teams will run in the extra sessions.

18 of the teams now have their second cars, the remaining 7 will have their cars shipped to Estoril (unpainted), where they will then be forwarded with the rest of the A1 'package' on to Australia, where they will be prepared for the Eastern Creek race on November 4-6.

Next Friday's sessions will take place at 09:30 and 10:50.
 
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Do we want the previous threads archived?

This may be the only A1GP season... *doubtfull tbh - after all the money thats been spent on it*
 
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We can hope.

Estoril is where I had my first F1 Experience so I have very fond memories of the place. :D

Week there with the Tyrrell team - Dinner with Johnathan Palmer, Jean Alesi, Ken Tyrrell and members of the team at a seriously posh resturant...that Palmer paid for himself :eek:

Was also 13 or something at the time... :D

It's a superb track and facilities as well. Love the place - it's an old school track where you can overtake.

Should be an entertaining race.

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Driver selections

Code:
[b]Team		Driver1			Driver2[/b]
Australia:	Christian Jones		Will Davidson 
Austria:	Mathias Lauda 
Brazil:		Nelson Piquet Jr	Tuka Rocha 
Canada:		Sean McIntosh 
China:		Tengyi Jiang 
Czech Republic:	Tomas Enge		Jan Charouz 
France:		Alexandre Premat	Nicolas Lapierre 
Germany:	Adrian Sutil 
Great Britain:	Robbie Kerr		Alex Lloyd 
India:		Armaan Ebrahim 
Indonesia:	Ananda Mikola 
Ireland:	Ralph Firman		Michael Devaney 
Italy:		Enrico Toccacelo	Matteo Cressoni 
Lebanon:	Basil Shaaban		Khalil Beschir 
Malaysia:	Fairuz Fauzy 
Mexico:		Salvador Duran 
Netherlands:	Jos Verstappen		Jeroen Bleekemolen 
New Zealand:	Jonny Reid		Matt Halliday 
Pakistan:	Adam Khan 
Portugal:	Alvaro Parente		Joao Barbosa 
Russia:		Alexander Truryumin	Mikhail Aleshin 
South Africa:	Stephen Simpson		Tomas Scheckter 
Switzerland:	Neel Jani 
USA:		Scott Speed
 
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Japan to miss Estoril

Estoril (Portugal) Due to prior commitments by A1 Team Japan drivers Hideki Noda and Ryo Fukuda and late notice to the team that sponsorship money was not going to be available before the third round of the A1 Grand Prix,

A1 Team Japan regrets to announce that they will not be able to run the car this weekend at Estoril, Portugal. Notice was given to the team at a very late stage and there was insufficient time to find a replacement driver to enable the team to run the car.

A1 Team Japan hopes that sufficient funds will be made available and paid in good time before the next round in Australia, Eastern Creek by either the current drivers and their sponsors or any other eligible Japanese racing driver.
 
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Friday Free Practice 1

Code:
[b]Pos 	Country 	Driver 		Laps 	Time 		Gap 	[/b]
1 	France		Premat 		14 	1:33.024 	- 	
2 	Germany		Sutil 		17 	1:33.700 	0.676 	
3 	Czech Rep	Enge 		19 	1:33.734 	0.710 	
4 	Australia	Davidson 	16 	1:34.065 	1.041 	
5 	Brazil		Piquet 		16 	1:34.085 	1.061 	
6 	Portugal 	Parente 	16 	1:34.699 	1.675 	
7 	Great Britain 	Kerr 		17 	1:35.2983 	2.274 	
8 	Netherlands 	Verstappen 	15 	1:35.302 	2.278 	
9 	Switzerland 	Jani 		15 	1:35.590 	2.566 	
10 	Malaysia 	Faauzy 		15 	1:35.915 	2.891 	
11 	Ireland 	Firman 		10 	1:35.992 	2.968 	
12 	Italy 		Toccacelo 	16 	1:36.055 	3.031 	
13 	Russia 		Truryumin 	20 	1:36.367 	3.343 	
14 	Canada 		Macintosh 	12 	1:36.374 	3.350 	
15 	Austria 	Lauda 		21 	1:36.482 	3.458 	
16 	South Africa 	Scheckter 	17 	1:36.777 	3.753 	
17 	USA 		Speed 		11 	1:37.534 	4.510 	
18 	Pakistan 	Khan 		7 	1:38.978 	5.954 	
19 	New Zealand 	Reid 		17 	1:39.361 	6.337 	
20 	Lebanon 	Shaaban 	7 	1:41.157 	8.133 	
21 	Indonesia 	Mikola 		10 	1:44.914 	11.890 	
22 	India 		Ebrahim 	23 	1:45.263 	12.239 	
23 	China 		Jiang 		8 	1:45.388 	12.364 	
24 	Mexico 		Duran 		12 	1:45.400 	12.376
 
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Friday Free Practice 2

Code:
[b]Pos 	Country 	Driver 		Laps 	Time 		Gap 	[/b]
1 	France 		Premat 		5 	1:52.037 	- 	
2 	Brazil 		Piquet 		5 	1:53.777 	1.740 	
3 	Portugal 	Parente 	11 	1:53.895 	1.858 	
4 	Switzerland 	Jani 		5 	1:53.930 	1.893 	
5 	USA 		Speed 		10 	1:54.316 	2.279 	
6 	Czech Rep 	Enge 		7 	1:54.973 	2.936 	
7 	Ireland 	Firman 		4 	1:54.975 	2.938 	
8 	South Africa 	Scheckter 	6 	1:55.091 	3.054 	
9 	Germany 	Sutil 		5 	1:55.483 	3.446 	
10 	Indonesia 	Mikola 		2 	1:55.610 	3.573 	
11 	Malaysia 	Faauzy 		2 	1:56.084 	4.047 	
12 	Canada 		Macintosh 	7 	1:56.264 	4.227 	
13 	Netherlands 	Verstappen 	10 	1:56.424 	4.387 	
14 	Italy 		Toccacelo 	8 	1:56.518 	4.481 	
15 	Great Britain 	Kerr 		5 	1:56.805 	4.768 	
16 	Austria 	Lauda 		9 	1:58.060 	6.023 	
17 	New Zealand 	Reid 		5 	1:58.552 	6.515 	
18 	Mexico 		Duran 		2 	1:58.808 	6.771 	
19 	Pakistan 	Khan 		6 	2:00.332 	8.295 	
20 	India 		Ebrahim 	8 	2:00.695 	8.658 	
21 	Russia 		Truryumin 	5 	2:01.074 	9.037 	
22 	China 		Jiang 		10 	2:02.105 	10.068 	
23 	Lebanon 	Shaaban 	3 	2:02.622 	10.585
 
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