Budapest, race 1: A place too far Today, the DAMS team competed in the first of the 2 races counting for the seventh round of the 2008 GP2 Series Championship held as curtain raisers to this weekend's Hungarian F1 Grand Prix. After a ...
Budapest, race 1: A place too far
Today, the DAMS team competed in the first of the 2 races counting for the seventh round of the 2008 GP2 Series Championship held as curtain raisers to this weekend's Hungarian F1 Grand Prix. After a qualifying session marked by traffic and yellow flags Jerome d'Ambrosio and Kamui Kobayashi started from 9th and 10th places on the grid.
The Belgian driver made a good getaway, and looked on course for a points finish until he ran into a wheel nut problem during his pit stop losing him precious seconds. He rejoined in 9th place and that was where he finished. The Hungaroring is notorious for its lack of passing opportunities.
Kamui almost stalled when the lights went out and went into the first corner in 17th place. Thanks to an excellent strategy based on an early pit stop, the Japanese fought his way back up through the field and crossed the line in 11th place, but outside the points.
Eric Boullier, team manager: "As it has been the case too often recently we finished outside the points even though we were quick enough to mix it with the front--runners. It's all very frustrating. Jerome was well on the pace today, and he would have finished in the top eight without the problem during the pit stop. Kamui again put on another of his amazing fight-backs but finishing the first lap in seventeenth place effectively scuppered his chances."
9th on the grid, 9th at the finish, 9th on the grid for tomorrow's race
"I made a good start and I was able to match the pace of the leaders without problems in the opening laps. We decided to do the pit stop fairly early on and it was the right decision, but I lost five seconds because of a jammed wheel nut, which ruined my race. It's very frustrating to finish just outside the points and only one place off tomorrow's pole. But that's racing."
10th on the grid, 11th at the finish, 11th on the grid for to morrow's race
"Our aim was to score points today and to start from a good place on the grid for tomorrow. We didn't achieve it. Once again I had a problem at the start and that spoiled my race. I'm going to analyse the reasons for this with the team this evening and make sure it doesn't happen again. I reckon we can still score some points, though."