Fantastic Silverstone: Zuber takes win and 14 points Saturday, July 08, 2007 - The team is still in the lead of the championship when we got to Silverstone, our home race. It's not a new Grand Prix for me and I was more determined than ever to...
Fantastic Silverstone: Zuber takes win and 14 points
Saturday, July 08, 2007 - The team is still in the lead of the championship when we got to Silverstone, our home race. It's not a new Grand Prix for me and I was more determined than ever to finish on the podium.
We started the weekend with a team dinner next to our hotel near Northampton. Silverstone is a quick track, so strategy is important. The track was dry on Friday morning but the temperature was really cool around 17 degrees Centigrade.
I was eighth in the Friday morning session (1.30.175). After ten laps I came back to the pits and the team made some adjustments in view of qualifying where my goal was to qualify in the top three or at the worst on the front two rows.
The half hour of qualifying here is very tough. I focused and was feeling confident and scored my first pole of the season, my best qualifying position of the season so far. What a fantastic result.
A great start was what I needed and I definitely wanted a podium and preferably a win. I knew that I would need a good start and would need to keep the lead and build the gap. My race was promising after a good strong start. The run to the first corner was key and it was really important that I got through there cleanly.
Later I had to be cautious because Mike Conway was right behind me and it took me 6 laps to start extending my lead. Di Grassi and Glock were also not far behind. I made no mistakes.
The balance was good and I want to continue the momentum of the weekend. With a good strategy we should achieve this.
The team did a great job and luckily, no safety car interrupted the race. What a race to be leading from start to finish. I easily doubled with this win the number of points I have scored 13 points today. Finally I had a perfect race and was able to show my potential!
In the second race I started in eighth place as the grid gets reversed in GP2. I was hoping to score points or even be on the podium. The pace of the 24-lap race was tough. The water temperature on my car was worrying. But I kept cool and finished sixth. So overall I came back to sixth in the drivers's classification and the team maintains the lead of the constructors' championship with 59 points.
See you next race at Nuerburgring in Germany on July 22.