Saturday, May 24, 2008 - Andreas Zuber, the young driver competing under a UAE license had high hopes for the third round of the season at Monaco. For the first time since its inception, the GP2 Series would race twice at the Monaco event, with...
Saturday, May 24, 2008 - Andreas Zuber, the young driver competing under a UAE license had high hopes for the third round of the season at Monaco. For the first time since its inception, the GP2 Series would race twice at the Monaco event, with the first race taking place on Friday morning and the second one on the following day.
Zuber commented, "It is my third time on the Monaco circuit. I scored my first ever points in GP2 here finishing the race in fifth in 2006. The Monaco track is really amazing. I was eager to get behind the wheel again, but the first practice was delayed by 15 minutes because the marshals were fixing a loose drain cover on the track. I deliberately drove carefully to acclimatize to this unique place again and to get the car's set up right.
Every movement must be so precise here. Unfortunately I had a slight contact with Adam Carroll, but fortunately it did not lead to any major damage. Ben Hanley went off while I was on my hot lap and blocked the track, but I still managed to clock the second fastest time in 1.22.176 just behind my team mate Maldonado. Unfortunately the stewards here decided to give me a 15 place grid penalty for the contact with Adam Carroll even though it was just an accident.
In the second session I was a bit upset knowing that I would not acquire any advantage from qualifying. We tried to keep our first and second position with my team mate. We had a lot of traffic and I finished ninth fastest in the action-packed session with a lot of drivers causing red flags. It is very close on the narrow track, and we were fourteen drivers in the 1m21s bracket.
For the first race I started from 23rd position. There was not much I could do. I have paid a lot of attention to the start with Rodriguez next to me. We thankfully had a good start. I had a careful race going to the pits early on the 7th lap.
Everything went smoothly. However, an accident between Buemi and Pantano on lap 27 changed the course of the race. After that, several cars were not able to continue to the end of the race. I was able to make it to 13th place with 16 laps to go. Eventually I finished the race eleventh which is a good result considering where I started. This was also Bruno Senna's first win at the track where his late, great uncle Ayrton scored six grand prix victories. This first win caused a lot of emotion since his uncle's last win here dates back 15 years ago, on May 23, 1993 in the McLaren Ford. My car was good throughout the race. At least, starting race two from 11th place was not as desperate as the first race, and I was hoping for points!
At the start of the second 30 lap race, I had a great start and was in sixth place when Bakkerud flew off like a rocket just ahead of me while my team mate touched with Chandhock bringing the safety car out for a few minutes. The race was restarted just as I was coming out of the pit lane having replaced my rear wing. The team did a fast job, but I rejoined one lap behind the leaders. The car was working well, but despite a fastest lap, and with another safety car appearance, the race was too short for me to climb back up and I finished in 17th. At least, after three race weekends I am still in sixth in the championship and Piquet Sports is still third with 25 points championship. See you at Magny-Cours since we are not competing in Montreal. It was a tough weekend and a shame to have missed a good opportunity for points."