The sixth round of the 2009 GP2 Series took place this weekend at the Hungaroring, near Budapest, in Hungary. Fisichella Motor Sport International were in action for races 11 and 12 of the season with Andreas Zuber and Luiz Razia on driving duty...
The sixth round of the 2009 GP2 Series took place this weekend at the Hungaroring, near Budapest, in Hungary. Fisichella Motor Sport International were in action for races 11 and 12 of the season with Andreas Zuber and Luiz Razia on driving duty for the Italian team.
Andreas Zuber: Set the 11th fastest time with a lap of 1:29.658 in Friday practice after running 13 practice laps. In the afternoon's qualifying, he set a time of 1:28.465 to take the eighth fastest time, setting himself up on the fourth row of the grid for Saturday's feature race. Luck was not on his side at the start of the 42-lap feature race though, with the UAE driver being taken out on the second corner, putting an early end to his race. He once again showed the potential of the FMSI car in Sunday's shorter 28-lap race. After starting back in 22nd position, he moved up to cross the finishing line in 17th.
Luiz Razia: Completed 13 laps in Friday practice, setting a best lap of 1:30.097 for the 20th fastest time. He improved in qualifying, recording a time of 1:28.974 to take 17th place on the grid. Unfortunately it proved to be a fruitless weekend for the Brazilian. He didn't get past the first lap of the feature race as, the same as his teammate, he was taken out of the race. He was progressing well in Sunday's sprint race but was forced into retirement on lap 18.
Round seven (races 13 and 14) of the 2009 GP2 Series will take place in four weeks (21-23 August) at the Valencia circuit in Spain.
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal, FMSI: "We have shown our competitiveness again which is a positive to take away, but we didn't have the opportunity to race after losing both of our cars on the first lap of the feature race. It's very frustrating for all the team as a lot of work was lost due to unfortunate accidents. It makes things very difficult in terms of fighting for the championships and we feel unlucky. However, we are strong and put in good performances as a team so now we are looking forward to the next rounds."