Team Switzerland has vowed to battle hard to reclaim its title next season after seeing Ireland secure the A1GP crown at Brands Hatch.
The Swiss had gone into the season finale as one of three teams in with a chance of lifting the crown, with Ireland and Portugal also hoping to secure championship glory.
While Adam Carroll duly took a double pole and double win to give Ireland the crown, Neel Jani was unable to challenge on a difficult weekend where the team was unable to match the speed of the Irish car.
Having qualified eighth and fourth for the two races, Jani finished eighth and third – despite a broken exhaust in the feature race – and he conceded that the pace just hadn't been there to try and defend the title.
“In the sprint race, there wasn't much I could do with the car that still didn't handle properly,” he said. “In the afternoon, it all went significantly better. Unfortunately, an exhaust pipe broke after a few laps, which had a noticeable effect on the engine power. I am sure that otherwise, I could have finished ahead of the Dutchman and maybe even put Ireland under pressure. But never mind. We will take on the next season with the aim of getting the title back.”
Despite missing out on the title, team boss Max Welti refused to be too despondent and conceded that his outfit could still be happy with the way it had performed during the year.
“When you consider that we were 19 points down on the leaders after the first six races, we can be proud of the fact that we have been able to be in contention for the title until the very end,” he said. “When I look back upon the four seasons, I am happy with our achievements anyway. We were world champions once, runner-up twice and eighth once.”