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Valencia: Race one report

Perera & Monfardini take 11th & 12th place in Valencia race 1 From 12th and 17th position obtained in the morning qualifying, Franck Perera and Ferdinando Monfardini planned different strategies for this race. Due to the early traffic,...

Perera & Monfardini take 11th & 12th place in Valencia race 1

From 12th and 17th position obtained in the morning qualifying, Franck Perera and Ferdinando Monfardini planned different strategies for this race. Due to the early traffic, Monfardini stopped on lap 2 as planned and Perera changed his plans and came in early too as he was loosing time in the traffic. The 2 DAMS boys managed to come up to 10th & 11th position with consistent lap times. Monfardini who had some difficulties with his rear tires finally lost his position, making a final 11th & 12th finish for the DAMS cars.

Franck Perera : "My start was quite good but when I tried to pass Bruni in corner 1 he closed the door, then I was obliged to go on the bad line, blocked behind Bruni, and I lost 6 places in this corner. Then I had quite a lot of traffic and I lost time on the track, so we decided to come in the pits early. The second part of the race was better but we were not fast enough today and we are going to work very hard for tomorrow."

Ferdinando Monfardini : "The weekend did not start very well, I needed time to get used with this very technical race track. In the end I am happy because I improved a lot my lap times and position between the 2 days of test and this morning qualifying. In the race I stopped on lap 2 in order to get clear laps as soon as possible. It was a good strategy as I managed to get 10th place at mid race. But my rear tires went off, the car became difficult to drive and finally I took 12th position."

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Series GP2
Drivers Ferdinando Monfardini , Franck Perera
Teams DAMS