Fisichella Motor Sport International has announced the signing of Andreas Zuber for the 2009 GP2 International Series.

Zuber initially signed with FMSI for the first two races of the 2008/09 GP2 Asia Series and took part in the races in Shanghai and Dubai in order to forge a close working relationship with FMSI ahead of the planned GP2 International Series campaign.

The 25-year-old has competed in the series for the past three years, winning races with both Trident Racing and iSport before moving to Piquet Sports last season; where he finished ninth in the standings.

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"From the first moment I stepped into the cockpit of the FMSI Dallara, I felt that it was the race car I wanted to drive in the international GP2 Series this year," Zuber admitted. "I immediately established a good relationship with my engineer and the crew and, in the end, it was an easy decision to make.

"Together we decided to enter the first two races of the GP2 Asia Series as part of the preparation ahead of the Paul Ricard test in March. I am now concentrating on my training programme and spending as much time as I can on the race simulator to get ready for the most important season of my career."

Team principal Paolo Coloni admitted that the pursuit of Zuber had been a long one, and he was pleased to get the deal done.

"We wanted Andreas to driver for us in 2008 and unfortunately he opted for another team," he said. "I have learned never to give up so I invited him to test our car.

"Last season we were extremely competitive, especially in the last couple of races, and I wanted him to experience that and not just hear it from me. I am so glad he has made the decision to join FMSI because we need his speed and experience to clinch that championship victory that we have been chasing for the past three years."