You’d think someone who’d trek across the Tasman to the Australian Grand Prix would drive a few hours down the road to the A1 Grand Prix at Taupo. You’d be wrong. For some reason A1 Grand Prix does nothing for me. I’m not knocking the efforts of the Kiwi Team or brilliant contribution from Colin Giltrap and sponsors. It’s just that the series doesn’t excite me.
It certainly doesn’t compare to Formula One. The ultimate expression of both series is “the race”. When you look at what happens on the track they are fairly comparable. A1GP has great drivers, close racing amongst the top teams and, thanks to the power boost, more potential for overtaking.
It’s what happens off the track which makes the difference. Equal cars means A1GP doesn’t have the same design or technology race. The series is also missing most of the glamour, sex, lies and politics which make Formula One so intriguing.
I’d travel around the world to see Formula One but have no real regrets about missing Taupo. A1 Grand Prix is like Formula One with half the Formula One missing.
UPDATE 2008-01-21:Well done to Jonnny & the team