Although the 2007 GP2 season didn't give Andreas Zuber much to celebrate about, he will return to at least one happy hunting ground this year as the championship heads to Silverstone for the fifth round of the season.
While various incidents and mechanical woes defined Zuber's disappointing season with champions iSport International in 2007, he did at least have one trouble-free weekend when he stormed to victory from pole position at the Northamptonshire circuit.
Now, twelve months on, Zuber is in an even better championship position and eager to revive a similar kind of form in order to push both himself and Piquet Sports closer to the title fight. Indeed, for the United Arab Emirates driver, there is no better place than Silverstone to make a charge for the top spot.
“I feel quite at home on this circuit,” Zuber, who currently lies seventh in the standings, said. “I simply love the combination of fast turns – it is really a lot of fun driving there. And it doesn't matter whether it has typically British weather of if it turns out to be hot as hell. The right strategy should win us podium places.
“If everything fits and the team assists with the technical development and a fast pit stop it should work out fine. So far we usually took a step forward but sometimes one back again or else we should already have reached a podium place in Magny Cours.”
Zuber is placing plenty of emphasis on his starts after electrical problems hurt his hopes of a better result last time out at Magny-Cours. Nonetheless, having seemingly solved those issues, the Austrian-born driver is confident of a strong weekend.
“We had electronics problems that hampered our start. Additionally our choice of dampers wasn't optimal, which proved to be a disadvantage at the beginning of the run. Only later on, when I drove fastest laps, things went better. But now I'm confident for Silverstone that we will get better to grips with this situation, especially at the start.”