Sepang, qualifying: Dams on pole! Jerome d'Ambrosio will start tomorrow's long race from pole position in the fifth round of the Asian GP2 Series Championship on the Sepang circuit, which is hosting the 2009 Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Sepang, qualifying: Dams on pole!
Jerome d'Ambrosio will start tomorrow's long race from pole position in the fifth round of the Asian GP2 Series Championship on the Sepang circuit, which is hosting the 2009 Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The Belgian driver drove an almost perfect lap that none of his 25 rivals were able to beat. He scored 2 points, bringing his total to twenty-three, and putting him near Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. DAMS's total goes up to sixty-two extending its lead over its nearest rival to 18 points.
Kamui Kobayashi will start from the second row of the grid. After setting the quickest time in free practice, he was baulked by a slower rival in the final corner on his fastest lap, giving him the fourth-quickest time.
These results point to a front-running performance for the team whose aim is clear: both drivers on the rostrum.
Eric Boullier, team manager: "Today's result is an excellent one and I'd like to congratulate Jerome for the exceptio nal job he's done. The conditions are difficult at Sepang as it's very hot, and the race is going to be a tough one. We'll do our best to take advantage of the slightest opportunity to put our two drivers on the rostrum. Given our positions in both classifications we're aiming for the drivers' and constructors' titles. Bravo to the whole team!"
Jerome d'Ambrosio, 2nd time in free practice, pole position
"I'm really delighted with my pole position, and I'd like to thank the whole team for giving me a perfect car today. The balance is good and tyre wear isn't a problem so I've got everything I need to fight for victory -- and that's my aim!"
Kamui Kobayashi: best time in free practice, 4th on the starting grid
"I'm a little disappointed as with my set of new tyres I had to go off line to avoid another car: it took me two laps to clean them. I crossed the finishing line two seconds before the end of the session and unfortunately, I c ame upon a slower driver under braking for the last corner. I lost around three-tenths and that put paid to my chances of a position on the front row. I'll do my very best to gain places tomorrow. I'd like to congratulate Jerome for his performance today. Well done, lad!"