DAMS Announces GP2 Driver Line Up For 2005
Le Mans, 17th December 2004 - 2002 Italian Formula Renault 2000 and 2003 Formula Renault V6 Champion Jose- Maria Lopez (Argentina) and young British F3 rising talent Fairuz Fauzy (Malaysia) will join triple F3000 and 2003 FRV6 Champion DAMS Team for the 2005 GP2 Series.
Jean-Paul Driot, CEO of DAMS : "The combination of DAMS, Lopez and Eric Boullier was a great experience in 2003 which resulted with the title win. The level of Teams and drivers in this coming season is expected to be very high. DAMS is coming in GP2 to win and we wanted to put together the maximum chances of success. Jose-Maria Lopez was making part of our plans to make the best combination we could, and I am really delighted today to see him back in our Team. Fairuz is young and talented, he has shown a great potential this season in England and this first season in GP2 will be the year to confirm at a higher level."
Eric Boullier, Managing Director of DAMS : "After the fantastic year we had together in 2003 Jose is coming back, I am really happy and excited by this challenge. His approach to racing is very professional and both his feedback and interaction with the team had improved when he came back for the last 2 races of FRV6 this year. The fact that we know perfectly each other and that Jose has 1 year of experience in F3000 could be a little advantage. Fairuz impressed with his performances in British F3 in 2004 - particularly his second place to Piquet Jr at Oulton Park - we are convinced that his undoubted talent will translate effectively into GP2 next season. We know how tough the competition is going to be, the team is ready and focused for one of the greatest challenge of DAMS history."
Jose-Maria Lopez : "My ambition with DAMS in 2005 is very high. After the successes we had together in 2003 and the experience gained in F3000 this year I really hope to be in the front for this fantastic new championship."
Fairuz Fauzy : "I am delighted to be driving with DAMS, a team with such strong European success and heritage. I am looking to a good working relationship and continuing their success with me."
Jose-Maria Lopez and Fairuz Fauzy will join DAMS for the first official test of the Team with the brand new GP2 car in Paul Ricard Circuit on 10th, 11th and 12th February. The opening event of the season is planned with the 1st European Formula 1 Grand Prix at Imola on 23rd and 24th April.