Dams and D'ambrosio crowned in Monaco! The DAMS team met with success in the second round of the GP2 Series Championship in Monaco thanks to JerÃ´me d'Ambrosio's victory in race 2. The results in qualifying did not do justice to the team's and...
Dams and D'ambrosio crowned in Monaco!
The DAMS team met with success in the second round of the GP2 Series Championship in Monaco thanks to Jerôme d'Ambrosio's victory in race 2. The results in qualifying did not do justice to the team's and drivers' performances. A mix-up in the final laps helped a large number of the French squad's rivals to improve their times under yellow flags, when Jerôme and Ho-Pin Tung slowed to respect the regulations.
On Friday, d'Ambrosio was in seventh place on the grid, and the Belgian drove an intelligent race avoiding the traps of the Monaco circuit to finish in that all-important eighth place, which gave him pole for Saturday's round. He took full advantage of it in race 2 and scored his first GP2 Series victory, and also DAMS' first win in Monaco. Ho-Pin hit the rail hard on Friday, and ran into mechanical problems the next day despite showing a good turn of speed in practice.
DAMS will set out for the next round in Turkey in two weeks time with their morale at an all-time high.
Loïc David, General Manager: "It's a great joy and a reward for the whole team and for Jerôme. The results in qualifying were very frustrating, but we drew positive energy from them for the second race. Jerôme controlled his rivals perfectly on Saturday and scored a magnificent victory. Ho-Pin put on a good display in practice but fell victim to Monaco's pitfalls and then mechanical gremlins. We're going to do everything possible to score more points in Turkey."
Race 1: 8th time, 7th on the grid, 8th at the finish
Race 2: pole position, winner
"I'm absolutely delighted to have scored my first victory in GP2, above all in Monaco! The team did a great job preparing the car and we should have had a good result on Friday. On Saturday, I made a good start and I had to fight to keep my position in the lead in Sainte Devote. After that, I was able to control my rivals. I felt at home and confident and even the arrival of the safety car didn't upset me. It's great for everybody. Now, our championship challenge is well launched."
Race 1: 14th on the grid, rtd
Race 2: 21st on the grid, rtd
"My overall result isn't very positive but I share the whole team's joy in Jerôme's great victory. I was disappointed after qualifying as I should have been better placed on the grid. On Friday, I got caught out after the tyre change. They probably weren't warm enough and I hit the kerbs in the swimming pool too hard. The car slammed into the guardrail and that was that. On Saturday, I was battling mid-field when I had a mechanical problem. That's racing! I'm going to learn the lessons from this weekend and it'll be better in Turkey."