Zuber salvages point in Istanbul Sunday, August 26, 2007 - Dubai-resident Andreas Zuber, who won the 2006 Turkish GP2 race, salvaged a point from a challenging weekend at the Istanbul Park circuit. The weekend began positively as he set the ...
Zuber salvages point in Istanbul
Sunday, August 26, 2007 - Dubai-resident Andreas Zuber, who won the 2006 Turkish GP2 race, salvaged a point from a challenging weekend at the Istanbul Park circuit.
The weekend began positively as he set the third fastest time in Friday practice. Zuber explains: "I arrived in Turkey with the idea that I want a podium like last year and to score some serious points for the team and I was really looking forward to the race. During qualifying clocked an excellent time of 1.34.813. I was quickest for part of the session and I improved to 1.34.545 on my next attempt, but it was a shame that I got pipped in the final moments. I was feeling confident overall because the understeer from the first day was gone and I could see that the track was getting better. I'll ended up on the second row of the grid which is still a good place to start the race from.
"Race 1 was a hard race. Right away at the start I felt there was no time to lose and I took the lead. I pitted during the first safety car period and everything was going well. I was still leading in theory on the fifth lap. But there were still 28 laps to go. Twelve laps before the end something really unexpected happened when Rodrigues from Minardi Piquet Sports slowed really suddenly right in front of me and almost stopped. I braked to avoid him and almost certainly getting airborne and that was my race, ruined. It was so annoying to have such a strong race spoiled like that."
The grid is reversed for race two, and I started from 19th. Another unwanted surprise came when the car staled because a sensor in the engine showed high water temperature and the engine automatically turned off. I wasn't going to give up and managed to get the engine going again and fought through the field. I got one point for recording the fastest lap. It was good to get a point this weekend in the face of such difficult circumstances and it keeps me eighth in the championship with 28 points. I hope I've had my fair share of problems now and that there will be no more drama to spoil the next race at Monza on September 8 and 9, 2007."