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Monaco race summary

DARK WEEKEND FOR DAMS AT MONACO The accident of Pastor Maldonado last Thursday at Monaco in which a marshal has been hurt has been a big shock for all the team. With 2 broken vertebrae Gilles Porcier will have to stay in bed for 6 ...

DARK WEEKEND FOR DAMS AT MONACO

The accident of Pastor Maldonado last Thursday at Monaco in which a marshal has been hurt has been a big shock for all the team. With 2 broken vertebrae Gilles Porcier will have to stay in bed for 6 weeks and will then progressively get back to a normal life in the following months. Pastor Maldonado has been very affected by this as it is the first time he has ever been involved in any security issues. Pastor went to visit the marshal at the hospital last Friday to express his condolences and we will all keep in mind that this must be used as an example to avoid this sort of event in the future. All the team joins Pastor Maldonado in wishing a quick recovery to Mr Porcier.

Alex Lloyd, who joined the team for the Monaco event as a temporary replacement of Alx Danielsson, impressed the team by his professionalism throughout the weekend. Alex had no experience of the car or the track, and his progression through the weekend was satisfying. Unfortunately in the final lap of the race Alex lost control of the car and hit the wall in the Swimming Pool chicane. The team is enquiring on the reasons of this accident as Alex was on the way to finish the race at 13th position with a safe drive.

The only good news coming from this weekend was that Alx Danielsson has received the authorisation from the doctors to race in Valencia after his fracture of the ankle at Zolder.

In GP2 things did not really go much better. On Friday morning, Jose-Maria Lopez was up with the leaders in the free practice session until his gearbox broke. With only 30 minutes between this session and qualifying the time was too short to repair it and Lopez could not make any qualifying lap. Fairuz Fauzy qualified in 17th position on a race track he was still discovering. During the race, the 2 cars both retired for technical problems (gearbox for Lopez, electrical failure for Fauzy) before the halfway point of the race.

The GP2 team is now heading for Nurburgring with the ambition to return to the group of leaders.

It has not been confirmed yet who will be the team mate of Alx Danielsson in Valencia for the next meeting of World Series by Renault.

-www.dams.fr

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Series GP2 , Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Fairuz Fauzy , Alex Lloyd , Pastor Maldonado
Teams DAMS