Andreas Zuber returns to the scene of last year's embarrassing all-iSport front row collision determined to add to his podium collection and haul himself back into the GP2 Series title fight at Magny-Cours this weekend.

The Austrian did little to help intra-team relations by coming together with then team-mate Timo Glock off the line in last year's ill-fated feature race at the French venue but, having found improved fortunes since moving to Piquet Sports for 2008, is keen to banish those memories with victory in at least one of the two races this weekend.

Zuber arrives in France having had his confidence boosted by a strong test at Paul Ricard, which erased the disappointment of failing to score in Monaco after what he saw as a tough penalty for contact with Adam Carroll in practice, and is keen to get down to business at a venue he classes as his favourite on the GP2 schedule. Last year, he dominated free practice and finished an excellent second to Glock in qualifying, and that is where he wants to pick up the thread this year.

"I'm very happy that we'll finally race again after almost a month - the breaks are nerve-wrecking for a racer," he claimed, "Even though I never had a chance to get bored as I continued working on staying in shape with Erwin G?llner, visited the team in Italy and did the two days of testing last week in Paul Ricard, there's nothing like racing."

The Ricard test proved to be a good morale-booster for both Zuber and the Piquet Sports team, with both the Austrian and team-mate Pastor Maldonado near-permanent fixtures in the top five as they worked on aerodynamic solutions and curing problems that have afflicted their 2008-spec Dallaras in recent races.

"We worked very hard and got a grip on the electronics in combination with the carbon clutch," Zuber said, reflecting on the poor starts both drivers have made this season, "It was a great progress that should enable us to reach an absolute top result at Magny-Cours.

"We had a really heavy schedule during the two days and completed almost 140 laps. We worked with the team on perfecting the pit-stops and also learned a lot more concerning the performance of the car.

"I think we were able to catch up on iSport and ART, the currently dominant teams in GP2, but we simply must score points so that we don't fall behind in the overall standings. Nothing has been decided yet."

 

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