DAMS back among the front-runners! This weekend DAMS raced in the ninth and second-last round of the 2010 GP2 Series Championship on the Monza circuit in Italy. The team brought in Romain Grosjean to replace the injured Ho-Pin Tung alongside ...
DAMS back among the front-runners!
This weekend DAMS raced in the ninth and second-last round of the 2010 GP2 Series Championship on the Monza circuit in Italy. The team brought in Romain Grosjean to replace the injured Ho-Pin Tung alongside Jerôme d'Ambrosio.
The objective of the weekend was to build on the excellent showing at Spa-Francorchamps, and continue the team's push to the front. D'Ambrosio and Grosjean met with varying fortunes, but they confirmed the resurgence in performance seen in the last few weeks.
In qualifying, the Belgian and the Frenchman set the third and sixth-quickest times respectively. They both made a great start to the long race, but were unlucky enough to be caught up in incidents in the opening laps. D'Ambrosio lost time, but was able to rejoin and stormed his way back up the field to finish fifth. Grosjean suffered a heavier impact, and after a pit stop to have his car repared and checked, he went back out with no hope of scoring points.
Today, d'Ambrosio started from fourth on the grid, and after another great getaway he was in second place in the first corner, which he held to the finish fending off the attacks of his rivals, giving him a place on the podium. Grosjean was again out of luck, and suffered a slow puncture before being harpooned by another car causing his retirement.
Thanks to these good results, d'Ambrosio has moved up to tenth place in the drivers' standings, and DAMS is lying seventh in the teams' championship. The final round will take place in Abu Dhabi on 12th-14th November.
Loïc David, General Manager: "Overall, we're satisfied with the way the weekend's turned out as scoring a podium finish is always good for the morale. This being said, given our positions on the grid yesterday, we could have scored far more points. The two collisions that hit our drivers were especially costly for Romain. Without these incidents he'd have finished much higher up yesterday, would have started from a better position and scored points on two occasions."
Race 1: 3rd on the grid, 5th at the finish
Race 2: 4th on the grid, 2nd at the finish
"I was very disappointed yesterday after the race, which is normal when you start from third place on, the grid. This morning I was determined to take my chance and I made a really great start, which gave me second place in the first chicane. I pushed hard, controlled my lead over my pursuers and I finished on the podium. We're going in the right direction and I'm highly motivated for the last round of the championship."
Race 1: 6th on the grid, 13th at the finish
Race 2: 13th on the grid, Rtd
"As at Hockenheim good results were on the cards given our positions in free practice and qualifying. I was hit at the start of the first race, which ruined my weekend. By finishing thirteenth yesterday, I knew it would be difficult for me to score points today. It's a pity."