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Portimao: Andreas Zuber race two report

Drive through penalty spoils Zuber' s pole at Portimao Free practice 1 - 1.52.941 - 11th Free practice 2 - 1.35.833 - 6th Qualifying - 1.31.673 - 12th Race 1 - 8th place Race 2 - 12th place Sunday, September 20, 2009 - Dubai resident...

Drive through penalty spoils Zuber' s pole at Portimao

Free practice 1 - 1.52.941 - 11th
Free practice 2 - 1.35.833 - 6th
Qualifying - 1.31.673 - 12th
Race 1 - 8th place
Race 2 - 12th place

Sunday, September 20, 2009 - Dubai resident Andreas Zuber, who races under a UAE licence with FMSI was on pole for race 2 at Portimao. The second race was full of mishaps with an accident at the start as Vitaly Petrov stalled and was hit by Michael Herck, causing a second start and a safety car for the start of race two. Later a very slow safety car proved to be a problem for a number of drivers causing Zuber to lose the advantage of leading from pole.

As the safety car came back in after the accident there was a long wait in the pits for the drivers. After that when the track was reopened, there was a lot of action behind Andreas who was leading the field with Davide Valsecchi, Lucas di Grassi and Kamui Kobayashi behind him. With 1.33.072 Andreas Zuber scored a fastest lap.

Andreas knew that he had to be fast to save his position as Kobayashi, Filippi, di Grassi and Huelkenberg were fighting behind him. Later Zuber and several others could not control their speed behind a very slow safety car and were accused of having overtaken it on the front straight. A drive through penalty was imposed on several drivers including Zuber and he rejoined in15th place.

With 12 minutes left Zuber finished in 12th place. He commented, "I arrived at Portimao very happy that the Algarve track would be new to all of us and we'd have a level playing field. The track is interesting. I was quick right from the start of qualifying and consistently bringing my time down as the track improved too. But I only made it to 12the place, just 0.8s off the pace. Later race 1 was interrupted by two pace cars. Following a number of penalties, I am pleased to have scored one point after qualifying in the top 12 in Portimao and to have finished in 8th. I am pleased with the performance because with the reversed grid, I started race two from pole. I was entirely focused on race two aiming at scoring more points for our last race of the season.

I wanted to finish the season on a high note. But then the stewards decided that we had all overtaken the safety car on the front straight. After me, Huelkenberg, Valsecchi, di Grassi, Kobayasi, and Maldonado had to go in for a drive through penalty. So with 15 laps to go, I had no chance of finishing in the points today despite a few overtaking moves including on Razia, Nunes, and Chandock. A pity because I had a good weekend overall, and my car was really strong. It is also a pity that a perfect day did not end with perfection. I would have liked to dedicate the points to my team and engineers who have taken such good care of me for my fourth GP2 season. We have had high moments as well as lows like in Spa when our team was mistaken for another one and our truck and cars confiscated, but we spent a fantastic year together, earned 21 points, and enjoyed both my and my team mate's podiums together. I want to thank everyone: mechanics, team management and engineers for a great season 2009 together."

-credit: andreas-zuber.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Lucas di Grassi , Michael Herck , Kamui Kobayashi , Andreas Zuber , Davide Valsecchi