Round 4, Valencia : A low-key weekend ! This weekend in Spain DAMS raced in the fourth round of the 2010 GP2 Series Championship. Unfortunately, the scenario was very similar to the one in Turkey a month ago. After a poor qualifying session the...
Round 4, Valencia : A low-key weekend !
This weekend in Spain DAMS raced in the fourth round of the 2010 GP2 Series Championship. Unfortunately, the scenario was very similar to the one in Turkey a month ago. After a poor qualifying session the team was unable to fight among the front-runners in the two races on Saturday and Sunday.
The Valencia layout, a combination of an ordinary and a city circuit, is often the theatre of collisions in the first corners. Jerôme d'Ambrosio and Ho-Pin Tung, who both started from the latter half of the grid, were potential victims and they were both taken out by unruly drivers. The Belgian was hit in the tight corner that follows the start, and a few hundred meters further on, the Chinese got caught up in an accident involving several cars and he too had to throw in the towel.
As both drivers went out early, they were badly-placed on the grid for Sunday's event. The second race is shorter then the feature event so they knew that their chances of appearing in top 5 were fairly limited. They both drove fighting races and tried to take advantage of the slightest opening. But on a circuit with no fewer than 20 corners, making up places is not easy and the two drivers did not make it into the points.
DAMS is now concentrating on the next round, which will take place on the Silverstone circuit in Great Britain, in two weeks' time.
Loïc David, general manager: "There's not really much to be said after a weekend like this one in Valencia. Yet again we had a difficult qualifying session even though we were quick in free practice in the morning, so it's all very frustrating. We have to find out why and we're going to sift through the data we've collected this weekend when we get back to the factory. Perhaps we still lack something in terms of setup and the brakes also caused us a few problems. Neither of our drivers was able to string together his best sector times over a single lap. Our priority is to concentrate on Friday afternoon, which conditions the results of the rest of the weekend."
Race 1: 18th on the grid, rtd (collision)
Race 2: 19th on the gird, 8th at the finish
"When you start from eighteenth place on the grid on the Valencia circuit you risk getting caught up in a collision, and that's what happened to me yesterday. Today, I made a great start and I was in seventh place on lap one. Unfortunately, I lost two places when the race restarted after the neutralization behind the safety car. I managed to pull back one but the chequered flag fell before I could move up further. It's been a frustrating weekend, but I'm hoping to glean useful information from it for the rest of the season. I also hope that Joseph Kral is okay after his spectacular accident."
Race 1: 19th on the grid, rtd (collision)
Race 2: 20th on the gird, 14th at the finish
"During the weekend I suffered from a lack of grip and my car was understeering a lot. The Valencia circuit is a very technical one and you can't relax on it. We've only got thirty minutes to get to grips with it in free practice and we thought we'd done so. Unfortunately, the track conditions and the temperature changed before qualifying, and that's maybe why our performance suffered. We're going to try and understand the reasons for this poor performance to be quicker at Silverstone."