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GP Week : Issue 30
> F1NEWS> Reduced grid for A1 opener THE 2008-2009 A1GP championship is set to kick off this weekend at Zandvoort, Holland, with a reduced grid following severe delays with the production time of its new car, which is based on the F1 Ferrari F2004. “The situation we find ourselves in is unfortunate,” said A1GP CEO Pete da Silva. “We have a small number of teams who will not be in Zandvoort. While these teams are obviously very disappointed, they understand we have done everything possible but just ran out of time. “I am aware of how hard our teams have been working, and are continuing to do that day and night. The fact some won’t make the grid next week will not be for lack of trying. All the teams who are racing are committed to giving the fans the exciting entertainment they have come to expect from A1GP at the Zandvoort track.” The news follows the cancellation of the first scheduled A1GP race of the season at Mugello, which was due to take place over the weekend of the 20-21 September. Although rumours in the week claimed that the Zandvoort race would be run as a non-championship event, A1GP organisers have confirmed that the season opener will count towards the championship. The series plans to have all its nations represented on the grid for the second event of the season in China at the beginning of November.