Monaco, 12 May 2009: At the end of its first season in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Team Monaco and driver Clivio Piccione finished in 9th place in the Championship with 35 points, just one point away from 7th place! The Monegasque squad kept improving from one race to the next and demonstrated the full extent of its potential, giving the more experienced teams and drivers a real run for their money. Clivio Piccione looks back on this exciting adventure; the official launch of the team took place in Monaco in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II on September 25th 2008, just ten days before the first A1GP event in Zandvoort (Netherlands).
You started from scratch and took up the challenge; is that a victory in itself?
CP: I wouldn’t quite go that far, but I would say that it is the culmination of a project, with all the complexity, the doubts and the risks that that involves. Even though it was not always easy, we followed through and ended up proving that A1 Team Monaco belongs at this level of the competition. I was really proud to represent my country in the World Cup of Motorsport.
How would you sum up your results for the 2008/09 season?
CP: Our goal was to finish in the top ten in our first season and we achieved that. We missed a few opportunities to make it on to the podium, particularly in Portugal and possibly at Brands Hatch, which means that we would have been capable of doing even better. The team kept improving as the season went along and the operation of our car was one of our strong points. Starting from nothing and ending up doing so well in such a short time [just eight months] was not exactly a piece of cake. The whole team worked very hard and I want to thank everybody, including our team manager Graham Taylor, whose experience got us off to a fast start and enabled us to react effectively in a lot of situations.