Today the DAMS Team competed in the second race of the Indonesian round of the GP2 Championship on the Sentul circuit. Jerome D'Ambrosio and Kamui Kobayashi, who both had a hard day yesterday, started from 15th and 23rd positions on the grid. The...
Today the DAMS Team competed in the second race of the Indonesian round of the GP2 Championship on the Sentul circuit. Jerome D'Ambrosio and Kamui Kobayashi, who both had a hard day yesterday, started from 15th and 23rd positions on the grid. The field set off behind the safety car because of the difficult weather conditions. The race itself was marked by numerous neutralisations.
Kamui's only hope of scoring points was to take a gamble so the Japanese driver shod dry weather tyres hoping the shower would soon cease and that track conditions would evolve. Unfortunately, the rain did not stop until 3 laps from the finish, and he saw the flag in 15th place. Jerome was no luckier than on Saturday. The Belgian driver could only manage a handful of laps until his gearbox gave up the ghost and he had to retire.
The team returns to Europe disappointed at not having scored any points but there are still 6 races to go, and it is optimistic for the rest of the championship. The next round of the Asian GP2 Series will take place on 22nd/23rd March as a supporting event for the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Eric Boullier, team manager: "Leaving Sentul without scoring points was not what we were aiming for. We did our very best to try and cope with a track that was very hard on cars in addition to the difficult weather conditions and erratic reliability. Kamui's weekend was spoilt by an overheating issue for which the team was not responsible; it was not solved until Saturday evening. As for Jerome he ran into transmission problems on 2 occasions. Despite this disappointing result I'd like to congratulate the team for all its hard work in Sentul. I'm convinced that our efforts will pay off in Malaysia."
23rd on the grid
15th at the finish
"This morning the overheating problem that had afflicted my car all weekend was finally fixed. Unfortunately, I had to start from 23rd place on the grid and my chances of scoring points were almost non-existent unless I took a gamble. So we decided to start of dry weather tyres, and it would have paid off if the track conditions had improved more quickly. We've been very unlucky this weekend, and we'll soon forget Sentul to concentrate all the better on the rest of the championship."
15 on the grid
"Short is the best adjective to describe my race today. After starting behind the safety car I was able to cover only a handful of laps before my gearbox got stuck in neutral. It's frustrating, but I still have absolute confidence in both my capacities and those of the team. I'm sure that when we have a weekend without mechanical problems we'll be fighting at the front. I hope that I've used up my share of bad luck and the aim is to restart the season on the right foot in Malaysia in a few weeks time."