Tough luck costs Zuber in Spa Race 1 As one of the few drivers who had never previously experienced the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit, this weekend represented the biggest challenge of the season for Dubai resident Andreas Zuber, of ...
Tough luck costs Zuber in Spa Race 1
As one of the few drivers who had never previously experienced the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit, this weekend represented the biggest challenge of the season for Dubai resident Andreas Zuber, of the iSport International team.
With no rain predicted, Zuber relished the prospect of racing flat-out on one of motor racing's legendary circuits. "Interesting to know that the GP2 series have never yet 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."
Zuber lies 9th in the Drivers' Championship with 30 points, including a win at Silverstone, when he became only the fifth driver in GP2 history to score every available point in a Feature Race. He is the best qualifier on average in 2007, only missing the top five in qualifying once.
However, his iSport International team leads the GP2 Teams' Championship with two rounds remaining, and this was on his mind entering the weekend. "It is quite important not to make any errors to finish the race. Overall it is very important to collect points for the Team Championship."
He lined up 5th on the grid, outqualifying his championship-leading teammate Timo Glock, but Zuber felt it could have been even better. "I had to learn the track in the first 30 minute session when arriving, I had a small off towards the end of the session" said the 23-year-old. "In qualifying the set up of the car was not as optimal as I wanted it to be, as if something was preventing the tires doing a good job. I do not know if it is the smooth surface on this track or what. The start for the race on Saturday will be key."
Andreas Zuber (iSport International)'s prediction proved to be correct. "Unbelievably" said Zuber, "I suffered a repeat of the engine failure that I experienced at Barcelona and Monaco. This happened just as the grid took the start". Although this problem put Zuber out of the running for a points finish in the race 1, he was one of only three drivers to record a lap under two minutes during the race, with his best time being 1.2 seconds quicker than race winner Nicolas Lapierre, underlining his pace when the car stays healthy.
Andreas Zuber (iSport International) concluded: "In race 2, I finished in 12th position. Too bad the race was only 18 laps and not 26 like the first race, because I was catching up nicely. The car was working well. No points from Spa, but I am ready to fight for the team's championship on the last race of the season in Valencia."