Zuber scores another seven points in Hungary Budapest I was optimistic heading to the Hungaroring for the third time in my career and remembering the good races I had last year and as early as first practice it looked like we had excellent pace....
Zuber scores another seven points in Hungary Budapest
I was optimistic heading to the Hungaroring for the third time in my career and remembering the good races I had last year and as early as first practice it looked like we had excellent pace. I was running in the top six, with a new engine. The track was very dirty so I had to work hard to find a good rhythm. I was pushing hard but also being careful not to go off in the twisty sections. I finished with a best lap of 1.27.736 which is a good pace, but a bit worried because again we had trouble with the gearbox. Sometimes working -- sometimes not. I had to come in during the session because I could not shift in the last corners.
I qualified second and sat on the front row for the third time this season only 0.190-seconds slower than the pole man on the challenging 2.722-mile road course.
"It's a great result for us, and tomorrow we fight for the race," added Zuber. "The team did a great job. Our race pace is usually very good, and it also surprised us a little bit that in qualifying we were so quick, but I'm very comfortable for tomorrow's race
I was right, because I finished on the third step of the podium A real great achievement even if the start of race one was not as good as I hoped and I had too much wheel-spin which lost me a few position. It was very windy too but despite the conditions I maintained fifth place. I was slightly unlucky in my ranking when the safety car came out after an accident, but there's nothing you can do about that. When the race restarted, I held on to my position behind Adam Carroll and Kazuki Nakajima. I was pushing really hard, and it was hard work. A shame that my front left tyre was completely gone. I just could not do anything better like push for the win. I was closing up the gap to the leaders though. For me, apart from the tyre problem, the car was good and the race was trouble free. It does feel very good to be on the podium for the second time of the season. I am really happy about this podium finish for me and for the team.
Leaving in P6 for a second race of the weekend is almost never a really encouraging position. I was hopeful of making it into the points and I did which is really great. The start was a bit slow. Yesterday's car was obviously better. I had a few problems with the brakes and the wheels were blocking when I was braking. Then a few laps towards the end, it was almost dangerous as I picked up a lot of oil on the off-line. But luckily I was able to finish in the points. To score seven points over the weekend is really positive for our team even if it is leading in the Championship. I'm looking forward to Turkey, which is one of only four more races until the end of the season, and my goal is to really to get again a really good points finish.