Two points at Monza feel like a podium Three races to go including this weekend in Monza with the magic, tifosi and history, on a super-fast track, the biggest challenge of the season for Dubai-resident Andreas Zuber (iSport ...
Two points at Monza feel like a podium
Three races to go including this weekend in Monza with the magic, tifosi and history, on a super-fast track, the biggest challenge of the season for Dubai-resident Andreas Zuber (iSport International).
"I arrived at Monza directly from Dubai where I had spent a few days with my physio Erwin Goellner, training in the Dubai heat and forgetting the difficult weekend in Turkey. The whole team is motivated as never before in order to get points and get up on the podium. It will not be easy, as always happens in GP2. The car needs a bit of fine-tuning as for now there is quite a bit of understeer.
In first practice, I was fifth towards the end of the session (1.31.466) after 15 laps. Qualifying was a hard job on this track. I spent a few laps on the track so that the team could work on the last adjustments on this unique high-speed circuit with its extremely long straights. I qualified 10th overall because i had traffic in my quickest laps.
The start of the race was good and i had a good first corner and was 13th as the safety car was deployed. Not only had Olivier Pla, Kohei Hirate, Adrian Zaugg and Conway stopped in the first corner, but Marcos Martinez, who had been in my way during qualifying and spoilt my fast lap, was stalled on the grid.
As the pace car came back in, I had not pitted as per the rules and the team called me in on the 8th lap and I rejoined in 16th place which was a good strategy in theory with ten drivers who had not pitted yet ahead of me.
Then on lap 14, Rodriguez pushed me off with a stupid maneuver at turn 5 and the safety car was deployed for the second time. After that I had another problem as Soucek went off and spun on lap 22, and bounced back uncontrolled on the track exactly as I was arriving. There was nothing I could do to avoid him as I was exiting the corner. He hit me and took off the whole left side of my car. My race came to an end on the pit straight and I walked back to the pits. I was disappointed of course. My mechanics worked on the car overnight. It was badly damaged and we needed to fit the engine on another chassis. But as usual the Team did a great job.
For the start of race two, I was feeling well despite having to start from 16th following my adventures from yesterday. My sore thigh wasn't feeling so bad in the morning after yesterday's contact from Soucek.
I drove a very strong race and from the start was climbing up the order regularly. I passed most of the strong challengers in front of me. I overtook Giorgio Pantano, the winner of the first race, in the last lap and so I finished on a brilliant fifth position and these two points, I tell you, feel like a podium.