Jolyon Palmer has shown an attack, but also of great intelligence and true mastery to sign new two podiums, important in the championship.
It does not build castles in Spain, but the weekend Barcelona have brought to the DAMS team and its leader many satisfactions. Jolyon Palmer and travel to Monaco with increased lead (22 points) with two second places and a fastest lap. For its part, DAMS confirmation of its high level of performance, embodied by the first all yellow line Saturday and a second position in the championship teams, which is emerging as a duel with Team Carlin. The only downside in this concert, Stéphane Richelmi could not enjoy its superb pole position Saturday after stalling on the grid during a departure procedure a little unconventional.
True justice to determine the level of competitiveness of the teams, the Circuit de Catalunya's verdict from the free practice with the fastest time of Jolyon and the third for Stephane. Hold a confirmed and amplified by the qualifications, after which DAMS monopolized the first line, as in 2013, but this time, Stéphane Richelmi occupied the leading position ahead of his teammate.
Even if the "mala suerte" broke his Monegasque driver during the first round, the balance of the weekend is very positive for the Le Mans training. Jolyon Palmer has shown an attack, but also of great intelligence and true mastery to sign new two podiums, important in the championship. Stéphane, for its part, has managed some very good races, showing his speed and determination through beautiful overruns while remaining constant.
On the horizon, now looks to Monaco if atypical features involving qualifications spotless. In the wake of Barcelona, all hopes are permitted.
François Sicard, CEO: "The team have done a fantastic job, rewarded by the splendid first line. We're a little disappointed that Stéphane was trapped by a process unusual departure. But the record remains excellent. Four podiums in four races, it shows how Jolyon is a serious contender for the title this year. Stéphane confirms its performance. We can only wish him a little more success and also fight for victory. The team demonstrated a great cohesion between pilots, engineers and technicians and we are very motivated to Monaco. "
Jolyon Palmer: "Another very profitable weekend for me and the team, which has prepared me, once again, a great car. I would have preferred to win, of course, but in both races I had to deal with a slightly damaged front wing. Finally, these two podiums allow me to take a small lead and it's always good. Especially before Monaco where anything can happen. But with this dynamic, I'll go with a huge moral. "
Stéphane Richelmi: "I am obviously frustrated by the course of the first race. I was disturbed by the first start aborted at the last moment and the car stalled when to restart for the second procedure. But I will remember the joy of this pole positiondevant my partner confirming that the performance is there. I was able to attack and make beautiful overruns in both legs and it will boost me for my home race in two weeks! "