The fourth season of A1GP gets underway at Zandvoort this weekend. The self-titled World Cup of Motorsport has always had a penchant for the unexpected, but it's something truly unique for most of the contestants themselves to have no idea what's going to happen two days before the first event gets under way.
It's easy to bang on about the delays with the new car, the cancellation of the previously-scheduled season opener at Mugello, and the fact that some nations will be missing at Zandvoort, and conclude that the series looks pretty down in the dumps. But this is A1GP, the most charismatic series around, with by far the most laid-back atmosphere. Did you really expect anything else?
Everyone will struggle through the first weekend as best they can, then, at some point, the rest of the cars will turn up and everyone will join in to have a jolly good time in some pretty spectacular locations.