Round 3, Silverstone: A weekend to forget! This weekend, DAMS competed in the third round of the 2009 Formula BMW Championship, part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting on the Silverstone circuit in Great Britain. After a difficult meeting at...
Round 3, Silverstone: A weekend to forget!
This weekend, DAMS competed in the third round of the 2009 Formula BMW Championship, part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting on the Silverstone circuit in Great Britain.
After a difficult meeting at Zandvoort the previous weekend, DAMS's aim was to make progress in qualifying with its three drivers to fight among the front-runners in the two races. Unfortunately, it was difficult to tame the tricky and very quick Silverstone layout, and the team scored only a handful of points after very closely-fought heats.
Next round: the Nurburgring circuit (Germany) on 10th -- 12th July for the fourth event in the 2009 Championship.
Eric Boullier, Team Manager: "After having progress on the understanding of the setups that work on the Formula BMW Championship car during Zandvoort races, we thought we'd found the right path to follow for Silverstone. Unfortunately, qualifying didn't work out as we'd expected and we started from pretty far back on the grid, so our drivers didn't have much chance of finishing well up. The overall level of the championship is very high, but our race pace was pretty good. Now, we have to learn from this weekend and put on a better show in Germany in three weeks' time."
Race 1: 15th on the grid, 21st at the finish
Race 2: 17th on the grid, 11th at the finish
"The car's setup in qualifying wasn't really adapted and that cost us dearly. I think that the setups we found at Zandvoort were very specific and didn't work here. We came back to a more conventional setup and our pace in race two was good. If we 'd started a bit higher up we'd have been quick enough to keep up with the front-runners."
Race 1: 18th on the grid, rtd
Race 2: 18th on the grid, 13th at the finish
"As is often the case in Formula BMW qualifying was the key to the race. We finished pretty far back and that compromised our chances of a podium but I didn't give up. It was a very hectic race for me as I had several collisions. Things went better in race two and I went thought the field."
Race 1: 24th on the grid (penalty), 23rd at the finish
Race 2: 25th on the grid (penalty), 16th at the finish
"In free practice, the car's handling wasn't great, but I had a pretty good qualifying session nonetheless. I received a penalty which meant that I started from the back of the field twice. In this position you risk being stuck in traffic and have a collision. That's exactly what happened to me this weekend. I'm still positive, however, as our level of performance continued to improve throughout the weekend."