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Old 28th August 2005, 16:39   #16
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may be it is possible to appoint foreign engineers....
in cricket we have greg chapell as our coach....aint we?
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Old 8th September 2005, 16:03   #17
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Hi There ,

Let me first tell you I was one of the lucky ones who got to be there at the Launch of the A1 GP INDIA TEAM CAR LAUNCH.

The car looked fantastic. The Indian colourís on the car made it even more special. The launch was a slightly low-key affair compared to Pakistan.

The national Anthem was played and every one in the Hall stood up. That made blood in my views rush so fast that it could explode. There was the usual speeches by our beloved Politicians and Anil Kapoor and the works, but One thing I liked about the launch was the speech made by Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, where he said that before the start of every race on the final start up line an announcement would be made " GENTLE MEN DRIVERS, FOR THE PRIDE OF YOUR COUNTRY, PLEASE START YOUR ENGINES" . That was the best I had heard that night.

A nice dinner and some nice performances followed the evening.

But the real fun was to start the next day when the Sheikh was to take the A1 Team India car for a spin around India Gate. I along with some other friends were there much before the test drive was to start. man i am glad I went early . I managed to sit in the car and also helped in setting up the car and start it as well . the sound is fantastic and the smell of the rubber and the fuel is intoxicating .people i had fun . the only problem was the people on India gate they refused to vacate the road and the test drive is delayed for almost half an hour because of this . I had pity on the Sheikh as he was wearing a triple layer black colored nomex driving suit and was parked in the middle of India gate in full sun. He must have roasted himself and lost a good 2 to 3 kgs in the heat..

Well the ride was nice and we helped in dismantling the car and them it was nicely sent to the airport.

I know some people who would be directly responsible for the running of the team, and thus have some insights. The team is basically made up of Foreign Mecks , mostly Malaysians .but the control is TOTALLY Indian.

The fact that every one has the same car and its basically the drivers skill that would determine the end result , is a nice thing. I am also hoping to see Team India not only beating Team Pakistan but also the rest of the Teams.
My best wishes go out the Team.
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Nice one Cheetah......looks like you had a gr8 time at the launch...

Any inside information on who the drivers for the Indian team are???
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Old 9th September 2005, 03:19   #19
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Nice one Cheetah......looks like you had a gr8 time at the launch...

Any inside information on who the drivers for the Indian team are???
karun chandok and armaan ebrahim by the looks of it !!!
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Old 9th September 2005, 11:37   #20
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Yes My Friend ,

I sure did have a blast. Well the fact that the issue of Karun getting his licence sorted out and now being cleared to Drive for india is over , they will test again soon and then the better driver would ebe selected. as of right now there is a close fight between Karun & Aarman.
I wish both them good luck and may they fly our tri color high !!!
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Old 9th September 2005, 12:02   #21
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fight between Karun & Aarman .
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Old 13th September 2005, 23:10   #22
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A1 Gp should be real interesting cause its gonna be a fight between countries more than a fight between drivers.....

there are about 21 confirmed countries so far.. and the Czech Republic just making an entry... which makes it 22 countires....

check out www.a1gp.com and www.a1mania.com for further information.. you can get the list of countries and drivers for each team there..... there are pretty fast and competitive drivers there..... check out the sites
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Old 24th September 2005, 11:10   #23
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well A1GP is finally started, the first 2 official practice sessions are over and guess what team india is last in both, well they done have any times for the second session but for the first one they are last... lets see how they fair in the race on sunday

you can check out the times here http://www.a1gp.com/results/OP1_Standing.php
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12 seconds behind the pace setter. But, they only did 2 laps, so something must be wrong with the car.
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12 seconds behind the pace setter. But, they only did 2 laps, so something must be wrong with the car.
yup exactly what i was about to say..the team has just done two laps and i think even the top speed is way less compared to the others..so it was just a warm up kinda laps i guess..if it is then they ought to be in the middle of the wolf pack..wonder what went wrong with the car that they put in only 2 laps..
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Old 24th September 2005, 16:10   #26
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This is bad guys ,i dont know what went wrong with the car , or what the hell has happenned . but they better do well in the race .
fingers crossed .
Wishing team India all the very best ....
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Slightly off the record but Our Very Own Narian Karthikeyan inspires Nur Ali , driver of the A1 Team Pakistan .
Intresting article and a damm neat website he has check it out bellow


http://www.alimotorsports.com/images...%208-25-05.pdf


Nice to see the teams mixing with each other

Team India & Team Pakistan Together

http://www.alimotorsports.com/compon.../key,17/hit,1/

http://www.alimotorsports.com/compon.../key,18/hit,1/


http://www.alimotorsports.com/compon.../key,19/hit,1/
but good luck Team India

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In the 3 practice sessions so far, Karun Chandok has managed to finish:

1. LAST

2. DNF (Collided with Jos Verstappen)

3. 22 out of 25, behind the Pakis

I dont know whats up, but we expected him to be somewhere midfield - not making up the tail.
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So far even iam disappointed looking at the times in the practice sessions, hope they have sorted out the issues with the car if they have any.
Just to remind all about the TV schedule for A1GP on Star sports:
Qualifying - 14:57
Sprint race - 17:57
Race - 19:27
Wish the team all the best.
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Guys why don't we have a poll for this? It would be easier to know how many are interested.

And A1 cars have a Boost button which provides 30bhp. Any idea abt that?? Do they run out of "boost". And what if its N-O-S!!!
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