Asia: Bahrain II: DAMS qualifying report

Bahreïn, qualifying: Dams bags on pole! Kamui Kobayashi will start tomorrow's long race from pole in the final round of the Asian GP2 Series Championship, part of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix meeting, on the Sakhir circuit. The Japanese driver,...

Bahreïn, qualifying: Dams bags on pole!

Kamui Kobayashi will start tomorrow's long race from pole in the final round of the Asian GP2 Series Championship, part of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix meeting, on the Sakhir circuit. The Japanese driver, who currently leads the championship, added another 2 points to his tally giving him 49, 15 more than his nearest rival, and he could become champion tomorrow!

Jerôme d'Ambrosio will start from eleventh place. The Belgian driver set the quickest time in qualifying this afternoon, but a penalty imposed on him at the last round in Malaysia dropped him back 10 places on the grid.

Today's results underline the team's capacity to up its game at just the right moment. DAMS has made a big step towards both titles and hopes to clinch them as soon as possible.

Eric Boullier, team manager: "It's a very special weekend for us as we can win both titles. But we're just trying to tackle this event like any other. Today's results with the two quickest times i n qualifying show that the team has managed to keep its feet on the ground, and I'd like to congratulate everybody. Tomorrow, Kamui will start from pole and all he needs is fifth place to clinch the drivers' title. We're going to do our very best to help him win. Jerôme was quickest in qualifying for the second time in succession. He's been hit by bad luck this season and deserves to be second overall in the drivers' ratings. He's one of the best drivers in the series, and he should shine in two weeks' time when the GP2 Championship gets underway."

Jerôme d'Ambrosio: fastest time in qualifying, 11th on the grid (penalty)

"Today, by being quickest for the second time on the trot, I showed the progress I've made since last year. I'm feeling really good, really competitive and despite my place on the grid, I'll give my all tomorrow and take advantage of the slightest opportunity. I want to end the season on a high note and score points, which will also help DAMS to win the teams' title."

Kamui Kobayashi: second-best time in qualifying, 1st on the grid

"It's an ideal start for the team and by setting off from pole our aim will be victory. Track conditions are good; the circuit suits me and I hope to finish at the front. If incidents interfere with my race, I have to think of the title and not risk any collisions by going for victory at all costs."

-credit: dams

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Kamui Kobayashi , Jérôme d'Ambrosio
Teams DAMS