The GP2 Series returned to the Nurburgring this year after a one year hiatus when the championship visited Hockenheim, the alternative venue for the German GP. Andreas Zuber and Luiz Razia were in action for Fisichella Motor Sport International,...
The GP2 Series returned to the Nurburgring this year after a one year hiatus when the championship visited Hockenheim, the alternative venue for the German GP. Andreas Zuber and Luiz Razia were in action for Fisichella Motor Sport International, with Zuber continuing his recent strong form by picking up a podium in Saturday's feature race.
Free practice and qualifying took place on Friday, with the 35-lap feature race at Saturday afternoon and the 24-lap sprint on Sunday morning as part of the build-up to the Formula 1 race. Changeable wet and damp conditions affected the circuit for the whole weekend, making timing a crucial element to strategy.
Andreas Zuber: Had an unfortunate start to the weekend, only completing five laps of practice after spinning to a halt across the pitlane entrance. His quickest time to that point, a lap of 1:40.264 put him 16th fastest in the session. He fared much better in the afternoon, completing 16 laps during qualifying with a fastest time of 1:38.852 to set himself up from the third row of the grid for the feature race, from sixth place. He had an excellent race, gaining two positions by the first corner and then having a steady race. He avoided the chaos around him and gained another position to finish third, on the podium for the second consecutive weekend. Beginning from sixth in Sunday's race, Zuber was unfortunate to get caught up in a messy start, which caused damage to his front wing. Although fighting hard to stay in the race, he stopped out on track on lap 14 after spinning on slick tyres in wet conditions and retired.
Luiz Razia: Set the 13th fastest time in Friday's free practice with a lap of 1:40.192 after 16 laps but suffered a substantial accident, making it a race against time to get to qualifying. Razia only managed eight laps in qualifying and, with a time of 1:41.969 was forced to start at the back of the grid. He made a brilliant start, gaining seven places at the start to move up to 19th, however his good work was undone when a spinning Luca Fillipi collided with him, forcing his immediate retirement. He put in an impressive showing on Sunday however, starting from 25th and crossing the line in 14th, an improvement of 11 places.
Round six (races 11 and 12) of the 2009 GP2 Series will take place in two weeks weeks (24-26 July) at the Budapest circuit in Hungary.
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal, FMSI: "I am pleased as we put in a strong performance this weekend and it's really good to have another podium finish. We've dealt with difficult conditions and situations this weekend and have worked very well as a team. Luiz had a big accident on Friday and the guys did a great job to put the car together again to qualify. In the first race Andreas did a strong race to finish on the podium. In the second race he didn't have a fantastic start and, after a couple of incidents including a nose cone change, ended up spinning out on the track on slick tyres in the wet. Luiz's story was written after the free practice crash because he didn't have the full running or preparation but still had a very solid race today. It's been an expensive weekend for us."