Round 4, Bahrein: A low-key end to the season ! This weekend, DAMS raced in the fourth and last round of the 2009-2010 Asian GP2 Series on the Sakhir circuit (Kingdom of Bahrain), whose layout has been modified for the F1 Grand Prix. An...
Round 4, Bahrein: A low-key end to the season !
This weekend, DAMS raced in the fourth and last round of the 2009-2010 Asian GP2 Series on the Sakhir circuit (Kingdom of Bahrain), whose layout has been modified for the F1 Grand Prix. An additional section consisting of eight corners has been added, making the track even tougher and more demanding on both drivers and tyres.
The team was determined to finish the season on a high note, and after finding the right setup in the previous round, its aim was to fight at the front. Unfortunately, poor qualifying dashed its hopes of victory, as starting from fourteenth and seventeenth places on the grid, fighting for the podium looked a very difficult challenge.
However, Christian Vietoris and Edoardo Piscopo did their best. The first was in a points-scoring position in the first race until he had to retire after contact with another car. The second drove a solid race and bagged the point for eighth place as well as pole for the second event. This gave the team's hopes of a podium a big boost. Edoardo, though, was unable to fight his corner this morning due to a rare problem. One the car's rear wheels came off on the formation lap even though the team had carried out all the normal safety checks. The engineers are currently trying to discover the reason for this mechanical failure. Despite pushing very hard Christian found it difficult to move up the time sheets.
DAMS has finished the Asian GP2 Championship in seventh place and is now looking forward to the GP2 Series, which will kick off in Barcelona during the F1 grand prix weekend. Its drivers are Jerome d'Ambrosio and Ho-Pin Tung, members of the Renault Driver Programme. In Spain, the cars will carry the same livery as the F1 Renault.
Loic David, General Manager: "The weekend mirrored our season: good opportunities, real potential but a failure to turn them into results. It's frustrating because in our role as the reigning champions we'd have liked to have defended our title a bit more forcefully. One season ends and another is about to begin. We'll be in Barcelona in April for the first round of the GP2 Series. I'd like to take advantage of this opportunity to thank our mechanics and engineers who have all done a great job this winter. Thanks too to Edoardo and Christian to whom I'd like to wish the best of luck in their future careers."
Race 1: 17th on the grid, 8th at the finish
Race 2: Pole position, retired
"I'm not very happy with my weekend as I could have finished the winter season with a podium - even a victory! After a good race yesterday, we made some modifications to the car, and we thought that we'd be up among the front-runners today. Unfortunately, I lost a wheel on the formation lap, and that was that. These things happen and I don't hold it against the team, which carried out all the usual checks. I missed out on a good result, but I'm taking it philosophically."
Race 1: 14th on the grid, retired
Race 2: 20th on the grid, 14th at the finish
"We've had problems with the car's handling throughout the weekend and that showed in our qualifying performances. By starting so far back it would have been difficult to accomplish miracles, but I was on the way to scoring points until I was the victim of a collision for which I don't think I was responsible. The Asian GP2 Series ends here and I'd like to thank DAMS sincerely for its welcome and its professionalism. I'm now concentrating on the GP2 Championship, which starts in Barcelona in a few weeks."