Paul Ricard testing session, 12th and 13th March 2008 Barely a week after its encouraging test session in Barcelona in Spain, the DAMS team continued its intensive development programme for the 2008 GP2 season on the Paul Ricard circuit. Over...
Paul Ricard testing session, 12th and 13th March 2008
Barely a week after its encouraging test session in Barcelona in Spain, the DAMS team continued its intensive development programme for the 2008 GP2 season on the Paul Ricard circuit. Over the past two days Kamui Kobayashi and Jerome d'Ambrosio found themselves on familiar territory on a track on which the team had practised a couple of weeks previously. This was the last test session before the first round of the championship on 26th/27th April in Barcelona.
Yesterday, Kamui ran into technical problems and was unable to go as quickly as he would have liked. Despite the delay in his programme, today he was able to set a time more in keeping with his hopes finishing seventh-quickest time only 0.356s off the pace setter. Jerome was only able to break into the top 20 on one occasion.
Thierry Bouvet, chief engineer: "We concentrated on basics which should help us throughout the season. Among other things our programme was axed around preparing qualifying and race set-ups. We've made a lot of progress in these areas and the pieces of the puzzle are gradually falling into place. Unfortunately, Kamui's session yesterday was severely hindered by technical problems due to teething troubles with the car. In Jerome's case I think we've managed to put our finger on the reason for his difficulties on new rubber. Even if it doesn't seem to be the case in terms of performance in this session, we now know which way to go and that's very positive."
Day 1: morning: 1m 13.775s 13th time
Day 1: afternoon: 1m 14.020s 19th time
Day2: morning: 1m 10.571s 8th time
Day 2: afternoon: 1m 10.418s 7th time
"Unfortunately, I ran into a number of mechanical problems. So for me anyway this hasn't been a great session. Even though the Paul Ricard layout requires a set-up that's rather different to the other circuits, it's very encouraging to see that we've made a step forward compared to our previous performance on this track. It's a point in our favour. Personally speaking, I'm now very much at home behind the wheel."
Day 1: morning: 1m 14.230s 20th time
Day 1: afternoon: 1m 14.482s 23rd time
Day2: morning: 1m 11.271s 21st time
Day 2: afternoon: 1m 11.104s 22nd time
"Despite our position in the overall classification we're making good progress, and that goes for me as well. But there are still a few details to be sorted out: for example, why can't I manage to improve on my performance on old tyres when I put on new rubber? We have to continue working to solve this problem, and I feel we're going in the right direction."