With few options on the horizon in either Formula One or Champ Cars, Neel Jani has given Team Switzerland a vital boost by committing himself to its chase for the A1 Grand Prix championship.

Last season's participation was interrupted by a deal with PKV Racing in the USA but, with the Champ Car outfit having already signed Oriol Servia and due to test Alex Tagliani next week, Jani has decided to focus on helping his homeland secure its first A1GP title after a strong start to the year.

"I decided this after Zhuhai, and I knew that it would make sense," Jani, the only driver to have won a race in all three A1GP seasons to date, revealed, "I would miss Champ Car testing or racing and other things, but I don't care. I put my priority definitely on A1GP. It would be stupid not to."

Team Switzerland only confirms its driver choice on a race-by-race basis and will continue to do so, seat holder Max Welti confirmed at Taupo, but Jani's commitment will be a welcome boost with Sebastien Buemi, who earned twelve 'caps' last season, currently contesting the GP2 Asia Series and due to run all summer in the main championship.

Ironically, after a strong start to the 2007-08 campaign, Switzerland and Jani ensured a nightmare event at Taupo last weekend, powerless to watch a 19-point lead turn into a two-point deficit after poor qualifying led to a first lap crash in the Sprint race and an alleged jump start in the Feature leading to two drive-thru' penalties and a collision.

However, setting the fastest race lap - fully 1.1secs quicker that the rest of the field - in the Feature helped reassure Jani that he had made the right decision to commit himself to the remainder of the campaign.

"Taupo was the proof again," he said, "I was quickest by a long way, [and] I want to stay and help get this championship for Switzerland. I'm very confident that we will win the title. Taupo wasn't suited to my driving style, because it was not quick and flowing, yet I was still quick. Australia next weekend is definitely a track more to my driving style, [so] I am sure we will do very well there."

 

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