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Monaco: Andreas Zuber qualifying report

Andreas Zuber secures 2nd row start for Monaco Monaco 21 May, 2009 - Andreas Zuber driving FMSI car no. 20 was pleased with a second row start. "In Monaco no mistakes ate possible. The best is to be on pole because if you hit the rails during...

Andreas Zuber secures 2nd row start for Monaco

Monaco 21 May, 2009 - Andreas Zuber driving FMSI car no. 20 was pleased with a second row start. "In Monaco no mistakes ate possible. The best is to be on pole because if you hit the rails during your fastest lap, your weekend is spoiled" according to the young Austrian driver from Styr who is competing under a UAE license. Andreas Zuber wants his first podium place this year at one of the most important Grand Prix in the 2009 season: Monaco. In the morning free practice session, Andreas drove rather carefully but pushed hard in the qualifying session. He will start in the second row after finishing fourth in the qualifying session with 1.20.065.

In the morning for the thirty minutes free practice Zuber was 1.31.386 in second position. After 16 laps he had improved to 1.22.258 in sixth place behind Grosjean, Di Grassi, Filippi, Petrov and Maldonado. Zuber stopped then for some fine tuning of the car, was not able to improve because a red flag.

Zuber stated "In the afternoon for qualifying, I clocked 1.22.466 and on my first outing finished in seventh after 6 laps behind Grosjean, Van der Garde, di Grassi and then Perez. Kobayashi was fifth ahead of Dani Clos and me. On my seventh lap, I made a maximum effort and was a bit lucky clocking third fastest with 1.21.073. Javier Villa (Super Nova Racing) clocked 1.20.763 on lap 9. Then Parente and Chandock clocked a faster time."

Andreas Zuber returned to the pits on his tenth lap. Then after a few changes, Andreas took to the track again. The last minutes of the session are very often decisive. Andreas clocked a 1.20.065 despite traffic coming in second behind Grosjean until Petrov passed him (with 1.19.948). Then Hulkenberg slid ahead of him in 1.20.053. Zuber said "This confirms the good shape of the FMSI car and the constant work of the team as well as the Barcelona qualifying results".

"I am really pleased with a second row even if the 2nd position vanished in one second. We reached our goal. The Monaco track is really amazing. I was eager to get behind the wheel again. A city circuit has its own laws. It is narrow, yet you are extremely fast. If you make even a slight mistake, you don't only ruin your lap but also your car since you're sure to crash into the rails here. It is an enormous challenge that nevertheless is great sport. During the qualifying you have to risk everything. Today, I risked everything! Every movement must be so precise here since that is the only chance for the pole position or at least a place in the front or second row like today."

-credit: az

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Series GP2
Drivers Andreas Zuber , Dani Clos , Javier Villa