A1GP in 2008: What's New and What Could Happen

Talvir SinghCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2008

A1GP powered onto the motor sport calendar on 25th September 2005, with the opening race at Brands Hatch in Great Britain. It provided two races full of thrills and spills and a then younger Nelson Piquet Jr. (now racing for Renault Formula One team), taking victory in both the feature and sprint race for Team Brazil.

Since then there have been three seasons, with three different teams winning the championship. The fourth season is nearing, with only three days until the first race at Zandvoort, Netherlands.

Last season saw Team GB's rookie driver Oliver Jarvis win the feature race, with South Africa's Adrian Zaugg winning the sprint race. Who will win the first race of this season?

Team GB stand a very strong chance of winning one of the two races, as their past performances at Zandvoort have shown much promise, but they will have competition from South Africa.

Team Netherlands, themselves, will be pushing hard to seize a home victory in front of their addoring fans.

Team Switzerland will be looking to defend their championship successfully. A win here for them will certainly start their campaign off right for them.

Other teams, such as New Zealand, France, India, Ireland, and Canada, will be looking to stamp their authority in the opening stages of the championship, and victory for any of them would seal the deal.

Team Korea and Team Monaco are the two new additions to the A1GP family, and perhaps one of them will surprise everyone with a maiden victory this weekend.

Besides the two new teams, there is also a major change for all the teams and the sport itself. A1GP's partnership with Ferrari, bringing in a change to the chassis and engines of all the cars, not to mention the new name for the sport will be the A1GP World Cup of Motor Sport powered by Ferrari.

Trying saying that two time... and fast.

Besides the long name, having Ferrari as a partner will hopefully boost the ever growing popularity of the sport and the new cars should be able to add as much excitement to the sport as the Lola chassis and Cooper engines did.

So the new season is set, with new Formula One Ferrari F2004 chassis and 4.5 litre V8 Ferrari engines at the drivers disposal. Team Switzerland looks to defend their title with Great Britain, New Zealand, and France breathing down their necks.

The 2008/09 season should start off with a bang and go right down to the wire like in previous seasons.