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Spa: Andreas Zuber qualifying report

Andreas Zuber unable to race in Spa Friday, August 28, 2009 - It was eventful wet morning on Friday in the Belgian Ardennes for the start of the Spa Francorchamps F1 weekend on the legendary 7km circuit, a track that represents one the...

Andreas Zuber unable to race in Spa

Friday, August 28, 2009 - It was eventful wet morning on Friday in the Belgian Ardennes for the start of the Spa Francorchamps F1 weekend on the legendary 7km circuit, a track that represents one the biggest challenges of the season for any driver.

Despite no rain predicted, the Friday free practice was a partly wet affair and the track was quite cold. Dubai resident Zuber should have been on track for his 78th career start in the Saturday sprint race, surpassing Giorgio Pantano as the most experienced driver in GP2 Main Series history.

The Austrian born driver needs only 6 more points to reach 100 in his career having made his debut at the opening race of the 2006 season. He has not missed a race since then. But Spa Francorchamps will mark the first unwanted interruption for Andreas Zuber who placed 8th in the Drivers' Championship with 20 points, including podiums in Monaco and Silverstone.

At Spa, however Zuber was forced to watch the race along with his team-mate Brazil's Razia from the side of the track as a legal dispute developed with an ex driver and the cars did not take to the track as they were impounded.

Andreas commented, "It's a real pity as I have good memories in Spa and qualified 5th for the last two years on this circuit. It's interesting to note that the GP2 series has rarely driven in the dry here. It is a real nice track, long and difficult. The GP2 cars are probably very well adapted to the track's configuration. But I won't see the track here as I have to wait for the team to sort out a legal dispute with an ex driver. A pity for all of us as we are all not concerned by the dispute and to see my engineers and mechanics watch the race from the monitor in the team's garage breaks my heart. I hope for better times in Monza."

-credit: az

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Series GP2
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Andreas Zuber