Istanbul, Qualifying : The curse of the yellow flag! DAMS kicked off its Turkish weekend today on the Istanbul circuit hosting the third round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship. The team initially decided to go for very different set-ups,...
Istanbul, Qualifying : The curse of the yellow flag!
DAMS kicked off its Turkish weekend today on the Istanbul circuit hosting the third round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship.
The team initially decided to go for very different set-ups, and used this morning's free session to validate its choice.
In qualifying, the engineers validated the new set-ups. These changes required time. Kamui and Jerome used their first set of new tyres to go for a flying lap, and then ran into yellow flags with their second set. They were unable to improve their times finishing seventeenth and nineteenth places, which do not reflect their level of competitiveness.
This evening, the Stewards have decided to give penalties to some of the DAMS' drivers' rivals, and Kamui and Jerome moved up one place on the grid for tomorrow.
Eric Boullier, team manager: "Our two drivers were unable to get the best out of the second set of tyres today, as we took to the track a bit too late and ran into yellow flags. It's very frustrating. We were not quick enough to challenge for pole, but we could have got into the first eight. We've got no choice for tomorrow, but to adopt an aggressive strategy for both drivers, and hope that our tyres will last and help us make the best of the situation."
Kamui Kobayashi: 17th quickest in qualifying, 16th on the grid tomorrow "Qualifying's been a problem since the start of the season. It's really a pity as in the race we're generally on the pace of the quickest. Tomorrow, I'll be driving an attacking race but it doesn't worry me: that's what it takes to score points."
Jerome d'Ambrosio: 19th quickest in qualifying, 18th on the grid tomorrow
"It's the first hitch of the season and it's not a disaster. What's important is to score points in each race. I'm starting from very far back tomorrow, but I'm very motivated. Making a good start and avoiding a collision will be very important. Then we'll bet on an aggressive strategy to pull back places. We've just got to go for it!"