Round 7, Valencia: 3 points! This weekend, DAMS raced in the seventh round of the GP2 Series Championship on the Valencia city circuit in Spain. This very tricky track is laid out around the harbour of the 2007 Americas Cup, and provides drivers...
Round 7, Valencia: 3 points!
This weekend, DAMS raced in the seventh round of the GP2 Series Championship on the Valencia city circuit in Spain. This very tricky track is laid out around the harbour of the 2007 Americas Cup, and provides drivers with a very different challenge to Budapest 4 weeks ago.
Jerome d'Ambrosio and Kamui Kobayashi were determined to break the team's recent run of poor performances, but the difficult track conditions and the limited running time made setting up the cars a challenging task. Friday's qualifying session was a hotly-disputed one and the drivers did not have much luck. Starting from so far back on the grid they knew they had a tough job ahead of them to try and fight their way to the front. They both drove aggressive races and finished Saturday's round in eighth and ninth places.
This result gave Kamui pole position for the second race today. Unfortunately, he was the victim of a collision at the start and had to pit for repairs. He finished 11th. Jerome drove a solid race and came home fourth scoring 3 points.
With 6 races to go till the end of the championship (Belgium, Italy, Portugal) DAMS is lying in 6th place in the championship. Jerome and Kamui are in 7 and 18 places in the drivers' ratings.
Rendezvous next week on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit where Jerome will be racing on home turf.
Eric Boullier, Team Manager: "We were a bit quicker this weekend and we've added three points to our tally thanks to Jerome after several races without scoring. We're very disappointed for Kamui who could have won today as he was penalized by the fault of another driver. It's frustrating but we've now got to end the season on a high note. We've got three events left in which to shine, and we're determined to seize every opportunity."
Kamui Kobayashi: Race 1, 20th on the grid, 8th at the finish -- Race 2, 1st on the grid, 11th at the finish.
"I'm very disappointed. I thought I could save my weekend with my pole on Sunday, but another driver spun in front of me and I couldn't avoid him. My front wing was damaged. I could have continued as the car's handling wasn't altered all that much, but there was a safety risk so I came in for repairs. That was the end of my hopes. It's frustrating and the numerous safety car interventions prove that there's always a high risk of collision on city circuits. You need a little luck, which wasn't my case this weekend!"
Jerome d'Ambrosio: Race 1, 17th on the grid, 9th at the finish -- Race 2, 9th on the grid, 4th at the finish.
"We felt very frustrated after qualifying on Friday, but we decided not to throw in the towel. I pulled back eight places yesterday and five today. I pushed non-stop and bagged three points. It's better than nothing but it's not what I was hoping for. I can't wait to be at Spa-Francorchamps next weekend. I'll be racing in my own country and I'm determined to shine in front of my home crowd!"