Another blank day

Today, DAMS suffered the consequences of a tough Saturday in the 2nd GP2 Series race on the Istanbul circuit in Turkey. Kamui Kobayashi and Jerome d'Ambrosio were penalised by their poor starting positions on the grid, and although they did their best to score points they failed to make it into the top 6. The Japanese driver made an exceptional comeback to finish 9th while his Belgian team-mate retired early on.

The team did not add to the 8 points scored in Barcelona 2 weeks ago. It is currently lying 8th in the championship while Kamui is in 8th place in the driver ratings. The next round is in Monaco in 2 weeks time.

Eric Boullier, team manager: "It's been a frustrating weekend as we had all the right ingredients to score points and we leave here empty-handed. Kamui suffered from his poor qualifying on both Saturday and Sunday. Jerome could have scored points yesterday and started from a good grid position today. Unfortunately, his retirement due to a technical problem on Saturday compromised his chances in the short race. We're now going to concentrate our energy on the next round in Monaco where we hope to have more success than in Turkey."

Kamui Kobayashi
25th on the grid, 9th in the short race

"Starting from twenty-fifth place on the grid and finishing ninth is not a bad effort, and I'm happy with my climb up through the field. But I haven't scored any points this weekend and I've fallen back in the championship. I reckon I've used up all my bad luck here, and I'm going all out not to have any more pointless weekends up to the very end. This is what it takes to be in with a chance for the title."

Jerome d'Ambrosio
20th on the grid, rtd

"The second race of the weekend was little different from the first one as I finished it on foot! It's a pity as everything could have been different had it not been for yesterday's technical problem. We'll learn our lessons from this meeting, and we'll do our very best to turn things around in Monaco in two weeks."