Neel Jani was left spouting superlatives after claiming his and Switzerland's first double victory in A1 Grand Prix following a resounding performance in both races at Sepang, Malaysia.

Joining Brazil, France, Malaysia, Germany and New Zealand on the list of nations to have triumphed twice on one weekend, Jani produced the perfect performance of two pole positions, two fastest laps and two race wins.

Winning the sprint race from lights to flag with ease, things were a little tougher in the feature event when a delay during the safety car induced pit stop meant Jani came out behind Sergio Jimenez's Brazilian entry.

Nonetheless, a bit of strategic manoeuvring for the second pit-stop saw Jani resume the lead with a handful of laps to go, prompting him to sprint into the distance and claim a clear second victory.

Naturally, Jani was delighted with the result, even more so because he had to fight for honours in the feature race.

"A superb race! An unbelievable weekend! I am fantastically happy! In the feature race, the safety car disrupted our flow as we were blocked in the pit lane Finally I got this feature race even if it did not fall so easily in my hands. We were sitting at the end of the pit lane stuck with a red light after our pit stop and Brazil took the lead of the race. I had a good fight with Great Britain and France after that and I maintained the 2nd position. A great drive and really entertaining!

"I maintained the pressure over Sergio Jimenez until my pit stop and made sure not to come in at the same time than he did. James Robinson, my engineer, had a splendid strategy for our second pit stop. The pit crew did a fantastic job. I started to push again when I rejoined the race and after a while, I was in position to work back up in the classification and retake the lead which lasted till the end of the race.

"My dream is fulfilled and I won two races on this fantastic Sepang track. We getting to understand each other better and better in the team and I hope we can continue like this all year round. Just a fantastic weekend and I was able to fight for this second consecutive win all through the race."

The team's first win since Sepang last season, team principal Max Welti was delighted with the result, not least because it places Switzerland ten points clear at the head of the standings.

"I am very proud for the team and the country about our two race wins. To earn two poles, the fastest laps in each sprint and feature races and two wins the same week-end is a fantastic achievement from Neel Jani and the entire team. Neel controlled the two races remarkably well.

"In the feature race Neel drove superbly after an excellent start and the car was extremely competitive, and Neel was able to fight in a tough way. It brought Team A1 Switzerland to two consecutive wins in the same week-end, a first in the history of our young team A1 Switzerland. It was great team work all along the race, including the pit stops, showing how much our young team has progressed.

"A1 Team Switzerland could not have done better this week-end. Really proud that Neel did the double!"



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