Monaco: Andreas Zuber race report

Zuber suffers another unexpected gearbox problem Saturday, 26 May 2007 - The young driver from UAE, Andreas Zuber suffered a gearbox failure which prevented him from taking the start of the Monaco Grand Prix. Andrea Zuber sums up his busy ...

Zuber suffers another unexpected gearbox problem

Saturday, 26 May 2007 - The young driver from UAE, Andreas Zuber suffered a gearbox failure which prevented him from taking the start of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Andrea Zuber sums up his busy weekend: A positive weekend until the race. Andreas Zuber of iSport International finished free practice in 7th position with a time of 1.24.455m, 1.135 behind Pastor Maldonado (Trident Racing), the fastest during the first GP2 free practice on Thursday.

"It is my second time on the Monaco circuit. I really enjoy this track as last year I scored my first ever points in GP2 here finishing the race in fifth. In the first practice we were just checking the systems and I deliberately drove carefully to acclimatise again to this unique place and to the cars set-up. In the second session, we tried to keep first and second position with my team-mate. Then the two Art Grand Prix placed their cars ahead of us. I finished six fastest in the action-packed session.

With my engineers, my goal was to qualify well and we made it happen: I qualified in third. Qualifying in Monaco is much more important than usual so we did a good job with the team and I want to thank them.

On race day it was supposed to be wet. Actually the rain spoilt the F1 qualifying, but our GP2 race started in the dry. The formation lap was promising. The car was handling well with full fuel. I started but a gearbox problem again spoilt my race just like in Barcelona. I just could not get into gear and the race started without my car as I remained standing on the grid. I did not even make it to Sainte Devote first corner and the marshals pushed the car back to the pitlane. What a sad way to become a non starter in a Monaco promising race. With the team, we could not believe it.

It's definitely really tough to be leading the team championship on 43 points with a team mate leading also the drivers' championship with 37 points and for me have another car problem. It is high-time that we understand what is happening at the start of a race. I hope that the upcoming tests in Paul Ricard will allow the team to solve the problem for the next race event at Magny-Cours (France Loic Duval) on July 1st 2007 and understand why the gearbox has let us down on another occasion. What a shame to have missed a good opportunity of a good result."

-credit: www.andreas-zuber.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Pastor Maldonado , Andreas Zuber
Teams Trident