It was dissappointment for Team Switzerland in the first ever A1 Grand Prix meeting as an incident early in the Feature race eliminated the Swiss squad and driver Neel Jani from the action.

Jani had been having a strong weekend until that point, featuring in the top ten in the practice and qualifying sessions and notching up a ninth place finish in the eighteen lap Sprint race, but the Feature race, scheduled for 38 laps, was rather a shorter affair for Jani.

"I felt a touch at my left-rear tyre which pushed me into another car and that was the end of my afternoon," explained the driver. "It's very disappointing as we had the speed in the car to score some good points."

Speed in the car was exactly the reason the team attributed for the contact, with the squad attributing the incident to Team USA driver pushing Jani into the Team Ireland car as driven by Micheal Devaney.

Team USA meanwhile reckoned any incident had already happened when Scott Speed arrived on the scene and was unable to avoid any contact.

"I was making a move to pass two cars ahead of me," said Speed. "Something happened where they collided and I was unable to avoid their collision," said Speed who was apparently unable to indentify the distinctively cars in their national colours.

"The damage to our nose cone was too extensive to continue. It's a real shame as I was very confident we could succeed today."

Swiss Team boss Max Welti summed up his feelings at the end of the day. "To go out of the race like this is
really disappointing," he said. "The car was set-up well and we had a good strategy for the second race where
we should have scored more points. Sadly it was not our day."

 

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