A1 Team Portugal
The Portuguese entry for the A1 Grand Prix is the A1 Team Portugal, and it became the first country in continental Europe, which unveiled its A1 GP car on May 30th, 2005. The team owners are Luis Figo, a popular football player and Carlos Queiroz, Portugal’s football coach. Luis Vicente, CEO of the team runs the team’s operations, he is also the manager of the Fundacaco Luis Figo.
During the 2005-06 season, Alvaro Parente was the main driver, he is also the British F3 International Series champion.
Parente took part in all races except for the season finale. Cesar Campanico drove for the season finale, with Joao Urbano as the reserve driver. Initially Pedro Lamy had been selected as the main driver, but he did not participate in any race.
Trevor Carlin, was the team manager, and for technical support he put Carlin Motorsport team in charge.
In the next season, the Portugal team returned with Parente, under Team Astromega, and Parente proved to all that time out of the car was not a matter of concern to him. He managed to finish in the points, in Portugal’s first feature race back.
In November, 2007 the A1 Team Portugal and Federacao Portuguesa de Automobilismo e Karting, created the FPAK A1GP Portugal Junior Team, in an effort to encourage young Portuguese drivers to participate in the A1 GP. Giving opportunities to Portuguese drivers to drive in rookie seasons in the Portuguese Cup and Open Racing Series, the first driver to benefit from this project was Goncalo Araujo, who will take part in the rookie session in Zuhai, during the fourth round of the 2007-08 season. Two other drivers participating in the rookie season will be Bruno Serra and Frederico Duarte.
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