A scare and a dose of frustration! This weekend, DAMS raced in the seventh round of the 2010 GP2 Series, part of the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix meeting on the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest with its usual drivers, JerÃ´me d'Ambrosio and Ho-Pin...
A scare and a dose of frustration!
This weekend, DAMS raced in the seventh round of the 2010 GP2 Series, part of the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix meeting on the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest with its usual drivers, Jerôme d'Ambrosio and Ho-Pin Tung.
After a promising free practice session, the two drivers did not manage to make the most of qualifying as they finished in twelfth (D'Ambrosio) and sixteenth places (Tung).
The biggest scare of the weekend came just after the start of the first race when Ho-Pin collided with Jules Bianchi's car, which had spun. The Chinese complained of abdominal pains, and was helicoptered to the military hospital in Budapest where he spent the night under observation. After more examinations this morning, the doctors detected a small fracture in one of his vertebrae. Tung will stay in hospital for another two days, and will be out of action for an indeterminate period that could be as long as eight weeks.
In the meantime, d'Ambrosio took sixth place on Saturday after storming his way up through the field. He started from third place on the grid this morning, and looked to have second sewn up when an hydraulic pump failure forced him to retire.
DAMS would like to wish Ho-Pin Tung a speedy recovery and gives him all its support. The next round is on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium in four weeks' time.
Loïc David, General Manager: "The main thing is that Ho-Pin is okay. Of course, his injury is bad news for the whole team as it's going to keep him away from the circuits for a while. This being said, it could have been a lot worse and we're all relieved to hear that he's doing well. From a sporting point of view, we were very disappointed by Jerôme's retirement today as he was on target for the podium, and a possible victory was within his grasp. But looking at things from the positively aspect, it's good that we're back among the front-runners. We're going to be more competitive in the second part of the season."
Race: 12th on the grid, 6th at the finish
Race 2: 3rd on the grid, Rtd (hydraulic pump failure)
"First of all I'd like to wish Ho-Pin a speedy recovery. We get on extremely well and I hope to see him back in the cockpit very soon. Racewise, yesterday, I made a good comeback and it could have been rewarded by a podium today but for mechanical failure. Of course, it's disappointing but I prefer to see the positive side: namely, the fact that we're back among the front-runners, which bodes well for my home race in Belgium in a few weeks."
Race: 16th on the grid, Rtd
Race 2: Did not take part
"I'd like to thank the team, which has supported me in the past few hours, and has done everything possible to make this difficult experience less painful. The doctors have found that one of my vertebrae is cracked, which is pretty painful, but requires rest more than anything else. My abdominal pains were very acute but I feel now really better, and that's reassuring. I'll walk out of the hospital on Wednesday. Jules too was injured in the accident and I'd like to wish him a speedy recovery."