Romain Grosjean and DAMS stun their rivals!
The DAMS driver continues to rack up wins. Grosjean's fifth victory of the season has helped him increase his lead in the GP2 Championship to 23 points over his closest rival, Guido Van der Garde.
On Friday, Grosjean exercised his usual domination in the Friday free practice session, even if it was less flagrant than at the Nürburgring. But once again he was held up in qualifying, and he ended up in a frustrating fifth place on the grid. Despite a time that was only 6/10s slower than his team leader, Pal Varhaug had to make do with twentieth spot.
Fortunately, it all came together in the race. Grosjean made a good start and quickly pulled back two places. After the order had stabilized, the team's strategy again made the difference. It helped the DAMS driver rejoin in second place, which soon became first after Ericsson in the lead was hit with a drive-through penalty. After that, the leader of the DAMS team and the championship was never worried. Behind, Varhaug also took advantage of a good strategy and finished thirteenth, his best result for some time.
Loďc David, General Manager: "Another great race by the whole team who really deserve a medal! The strategy was perfect, the pit stops impeccable and Romain kept up a searing pace throughout the race. It all came together. And also congratulations to Afanasiev and the Auto GP team for their win today. A perfect Saturday for DAMS!"
Romain Grosjean: victory
"It's super! The team did a great job. I knew the car was very quick, and I was also able to gain a place thanks to the pit stop. I'm really happy. We've got a good lead in the championship, and I'll do my best to consolidate it tomorrow before the August holiday break."
Pal Varhaug: p13
"It wasn't perfect by any means but I feel a lot better than at the Nürburgring. I'd like to thank the team as they helped me to pull back places in the race thanks to good strategy. I've still got to work on my pace in qualifying. Hopefully, I'll soon start finishing in the points."
Next race tomorrow (Sunday) at the Hungaroring (Hungary) at 10h30.
By: DAMS Team