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Asia: Abu Dhabi II: DAMS weekend summary

A disappointing second round! This weekend, DAMS raced in the second round of the Asian GP2 Series on the spectacular and tricky Yas Marina circuit. The cars were driven by team regulars, 20-year-old German Christian Vietoris and Edoardo ...

A disappointing second round!

This weekend, DAMS raced in the second round of the Asian GP2 Series on the spectacular and tricky Yas Marina circuit. The cars were driven by team regulars, 20-year-old German Christian Vietoris and Edoardo Piscopo from Italy, aged twenty-one.

The overall grip level was very poor as there was a lot of sand on the track, which made the drivers' and engineers' task very difficult. The circuit finally rubbered in as the cars racked up the laps, but it remained treacherous till the very end.

Qualifying went off well for the team. Although Edoardo and Christian had a yellow flag on their quick laps, they managed to set the eighth and tenth times. They each moved up a place when another driver was disqualified in the evening.

DAMS had no luck in the first race. After contact with his team-mate Edoardo had to retire just after the start, and Christian did not see the chequered flag either as he hit another car, which he was trying to overtake. As both drivers started from far back on the grid for the second race, it was virtually impossible for them to fight their way up to the front. So they both drove a prudent race and pulled back several positions with Christian finishing fourteenth and Edoardo sixteenth.

DAMS has one victory to its name and is still in the running for the title. The next rendezvous is on the Bahrain circuit on 26th-27th February 2010.

Loic David, team principal: "Overall, it's been a very frustrating weekend as we were quick enough to fight at the front. The track had very little grip but we had the right setups, and our times in the race showed that we were among the quickest. Unfortunately, the poor results in the first round ruined our chances for the rest of the weekend, as by starting from the back on a track as twisty as Yas Marina there wasn't a lot to hope for. But we're still feeling confident and we're betting on our speed to shine in Bahrain."

Christian Vietoris
Race 1: 9th on the grid, DNF
Race 2: 22nd on the grid, 14th at the finish

"It's been a disappointing weekend. The car was quick but maybe it lacked just that little bit of extra top speed. We'll have to work on this to catch our rivals. Our grid positions for the first race weren't too bad and we thought we could score points. But it didn't turn out that way. Despite coming away empty handed, I'm still fourth in the championship and there's everything to play for. Our aim now is to score points on a regular basis."

Edoardo Piscopo
Race 1: 7th on the grid, DNF
Race 2: 24th on the grid, 16th at the finish

"A frustrating weekend as I think we were in a position to bag a large number of points. We were on the pace and we could even have gone for the podium. My retirement yesterday ruined our chances, unfortunately. On the positive side, I continued getting to know the team and its working methods."

-source: dams

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Series GP2
Drivers Christian Vietoris
Teams DAMS