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Istanbul: Andreas Zuber weekend summary

Hard work awaited Andreas Zuber in Turkey Sunday, June 07, 2009 - GP2 Series - UAE driver Andreas Zuber finished in 19th for the second race. Zuber who started from 9th position was involved in an accident. Another unwanted surprise came when...

Hard work awaited Andreas Zuber in Turkey

Sunday, June 07, 2009 - GP2 Series - UAE driver Andreas Zuber finished in 19th for the second race. Zuber who started from 9th position was involved in an accident. Another unwanted surprise came when Davide Valsecchi's car ran straight into him after colliding with Filippi. Zuber could not do anything and lost forty seconds. Luckily the Austrian was able to restart since his car was not too damaged.

Zuber even clocked a fastest lap with 1.37.419 at the end of the second lap which lasted until until di Grassi, in the lead, clocked 1.36.779. On lap 5, Zuber was in 21st usually clocking 25.8" during the third sector which provided the basis for climbing back up in the classification. "I am disappointed because I have always scored points on this track, and I like it here. Today I could not progress though I have kept my eight points in the championship and still only rank 9th" Zuber said analyzing his weekend."

Andreas progressed during the free practice session at Istanbul and improved consistently during the 30-minute period, finishing fifth. In qualifying Andreas was just as competitive and started Saturday's first race from the third row in sixth place (1.34.922). He drove most of race 1 in third position but suffered from a slow puncture on his right front tire causing him to finish the race in tenth position.

At the end of race 2, Andreas explained, "I started from 9th and I finished 19th. Of course, I am disappointed with the results. I was hoping for the podium and dreaming of a third consecutive race with points for race 1. At the end, I started from ninth position on the grid for the race 2. But I was involved in an accident with Valsecchi who coming from nowhere after he collided with Filippi colliding with my car. I lost 40 seconds. But at least, the positive side is that I was able to show my team that nothing could stop me and I finished the race pushing hard. Let's look at Silverstone. It is not a new Grand Prix for me and I am more determined than ever to finish on the podium. Silverstone is a quick track, so strategy is important and with the FMSI crew we will work hard for good race results."

-credit: andreas-zuber.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Andreas Zuber