Qatar, Qualifying: Sand in the works! This weekend DAMS arrived in Qatar for the fourth round of the Asian GP2 Series in first place in both the drivers' and teams' championships. Kamui Kobayashi leads the drivers' with 34 points while ...
Qatar, Qualifying: Sand in the works!
This weekend DAMS arrived in Qatar for the fourth round of the Asian GP2 Series in first place in both the drivers' and teams' championships. Kamui Kobayashi leads the drivers' with 34 points while Jerome d'Ambrosio is lying fourth. After 3 rounds, DAMS has more than double the number of points of its closest rival in the teams' ratings. The organisers decided to spice up the proceedings for this meeting in the Middle East with nighttime practice - a first for GP2!
After free practice, which was run in very slippery conditions as a sand storm struck the track yesterday, the DAMS drivers came out of qualifying well placed. Kamui and Jerome really went for it at the restart of the session stopped 3 minutes before the end, and set the fourth and tenth-quickest times respectively.
Eric Boullier, team manager: "Like all our rivals we were surprised by the state of the track at the start of free practice. The sand made the circuit very slippery, and even if other series gave it a sweep the conditions were not what we'd been expecting. We made provision for this situation when we were deciding our set-up for qualifying. Taking the circumstances into account, as the drivers had only one flying lap to set their times, we're pretty happy with the result. Our aim is to consolidate our positions in both championships and we've got off to a good start to achieve that."
Kamui Kobayashi: 4th on the grid for race 1
"The day's been pretty good overall. Free practice didn't go off as well for us as we'd expected because the track was very slippery. It was better in qualifying. I'm starting from the second row tomorrow and I can aim for a rostrum finish --why not victory? - which will help me extend my lead in the championship. That's my aim for the coming weekend."
Jerome d'Ambrosio: 10th on the grid for race 1
"Tenth place isn't ideal and I was hoping for better things, but conditions were very tricky . This starting position should enable me to finish in the points tomorrow and start from the front for the short race. I'm only five points behind the third-placed driver and seven behind the second. My aim's to catch and overtake them as soon as possible!"