Asia: Sepang: DAMS race one report

Sepang, Race 1: Champagne! Today the DAMS team put on a bravura performance on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia in the 5th round of the Asian Series GP2 Championship. The team read the difficult weather conditions perfectly and its strategy ...

Sepang, Race 1: Champagne!

Today the DAMS team put on a bravura performance on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia in the 5th round of the Asian Series GP2 Championship. The team read the difficult weather conditions perfectly and its strategy paid off. Jerome d'Ambrosio started from eighteenth on the grid and finished on the podium in 3rd place, while his team-mate, Kamui Kobayashi, saw the flag in fifth.

Jerome and Kamui will start from 6th and 4th places on the grid for tomorrow's short race. Weather conditions are again uncertain. The team is determined to take advantage of the slightest opportunity and score more than today's 10 points.

Eric Boullier, team manager: "Since the start of the championship we've known that we've got the potential to fight at the front, but for different reasons we were not been able to capitalise on our efforts in the first two meetings. Today, we've shown our true level of competitiveness. I want to congratulate the whole team for the great job they've done as well as our drivers who made no mistakes in very tricky conditions; the engineers who reacted like lightning and the mechanics who carried out perfect refuelling stops. Tomorrow's aim is clear; a points finish for both cars and hopefully another podium!"

Jerome d'Ambrosio
18th in qualifying, 3rd in the race, 6th on tomorrow's grid

"What a race! After missing out in several rounds because of the mechanical problems that have hamstrung me since the start of the championship, I was able to turn things around by finishing on the podium today. It's a great morale booster. It was a tough race. I didn't make any mistakes and knew when to push at the right moment. The team reacted perfectly to the track conditions and my refuelling stop went off like clockwork. What's really good is that this result owes nothing to chance. It's above all the fruit of perfectly-executed team work."

Kamui Kobayashi
8th in qualifying, 5th in the race, 3rd on tomorrow's grid

"We're now definitely heading in the right direction after a few difficult races, and our efforts are starting to pay off. Today's track conditions were very tricky and you really had to fight your way up through the field. Our strategy was the right one; we shod the dry weather tyres at just the right time and got the best out of the changing conditions. Tomorrow, I'm starting from 3rd spot in the short race and I really want to score my first podium finish."

-credit: dams.fr

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