DAMS adds a point to its tally DAMS had a difficult morning on the Magny-Cours circuit in the 2nd GP2 Series race, one of the curtain raisers to the French F1 Grand Prix. The event was run in tricky conditions as a shower fell just before ...
DAMS adds a point to its tally
DAMS had a difficult morning on the Magny-Cours circuit in the 2nd GP2 Series race, one of the curtain raisers to the French F1 Grand Prix.
The event was run in tricky conditions as a shower fell just before the start making the track very slippery.
Jerome d'Ambrosio's 3rd place on the grid raised the team's hopes of a rostrum finish but his race ended abruptly. He made a great start and then collided with another car almost immediately. He was lying second at the time and was unable to continue retiring with a broken steering arm.
Kamui Kobayashi did his best but starting from far back on the grid a points finish seemed out of the question. The Japanese, however, made a fighting comeback clawing his way up to 9th place, and set the fastest lap of the race with a few minutes to go to the chequered flag earning him a point.
DAMS scored 4 points this weekend and is now concentrating on the next round of the GP2 Series Championsh ip at Silverstone in 2 week's time.
Eric Boullier, team manager: "We've scored points this weekend but not as many as we should have. Kamui was unlucky in qualifying and he paid dearly for that. Jerome drove a superb race yesterday but did not get very far today. To sum up, we had what it took to get on the rostrum twice, but circumstances decided otherwise. That's racing!"
26th on the grid, 9th at the finish, fastest lap in the race
"There was little to hope for in the short race given my place on the grid. But at least I set the fastest lap and scored a point. It's some small consolation, and this performance shows that we had what it took to play a leading role this weekend. A pity."
3rd on the grid, rtd
"I had a chance of getting onto the rostrum today and score a lot of points. Unfortunately, a collision put paid to my hopes. The track was very slippery and it was easy to make a mistake. I'm very disappointed by this premature end to my race. I'll have to do with my three points yesterday and remain positive saying that I've opened my score in the drivers' championship this weekend."