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Magny-Cours: Andreas Zuber weekend summary

Zuber scores vital points at Magny Cours Magny-Cours - Andreas Zuber, the Austrian driver who races under a UAE license for Piquet Sports arrived at Magny Cours feeling very motivated after working hard at the Paul Ricard tests last week with...

Zuber scores vital points at Magny Cours

Magny-Cours - Andreas Zuber, the Austrian driver who races under a UAE license for Piquet Sports arrived at Magny Cours feeling very motivated after working hard at the Paul Ricard tests last week with the objective of fine tuning some final set up parameters on his car.

Zuber commented, "We got a grip on the electronics and the carbon clutch. We made great progress that should enable us to be even more competitive at Magny Cours since we aim to catch up with on iSport and ART. Actually, I'm very happy that we'll finally be racing again after almost a one month break."

It was surprisingly cool at Magny Cours on Friday, just 19 degrees Centigrade but at least it was dry. After the Friday morning session where Zuber was quickest, Romain Grosjean went just 0.158s quicker than Andreas in the very last moments of the session.

He added, "My goal was to qualify in the top three or at worst on the two front rows. The session was a really tough. At the start I was tenth fastest and climbed up to third. I slipped down to fourth and before I could try to improve, the session was stopped after Bruno Senna had an accident. There was still a bit of work to do for the team. I was losing too much time in the fast corners. Still, a second row start for the race was one of my goals and I achieved that, so I was reasonably happy."

"I knew that I would need a good start to take the lead and add some points to my tally of 13. From fourth on the grid, I suffered from a lot of wheel spin and slipped down to seventh place, but it did not affect me because I knew that with 41 laps the race would be long. I did not go for an early stop at the start of the race. I pitted on lap 14 and rejoined in ninth place after a good stop. I was slowed down by traffic and Marko Asmer blocked me so I could not overtake Vitaly Petrov. I was pushing and was up to sixth place with Bruno Senna out of the race. I finished the race in fifth, which takes my tally up to 17 points."

"On Sunday I started the race two from fourth in wet conditions. It had been raining overnight, but stopped just before the start. It was hard to decide to gamble on slicks or not. We did not adopt the right strategy and suffered the consequences despite hard contest battles all around the circuit. It was hard to get a good grip and every driver was pushing hard. Anyway, I hope for a podium in Silverstone for the next race in England. We have the car for that. Now I am currently eighth in the championship with 17 points and the team is third with 35 points."

-credit: andreas-zuber.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Bruno Senna , Andreas Zuber , Vitaly Petrov , Romain Grosjean