Istanbul, races: A blank weekend! This weekend DAMS raced in the third round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship on the Istanbul Park circuit. After a disappointing qualifying session, Kamui Kobayashi and Jerome d'Ambrosio knew that they had a...
Istanbul, races: A blank weekend!
This weekend DAMS raced in the third round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship on the Istanbul Park circuit. After a disappointing qualifying session, Kamui Kobayashi and Jerome d'Ambrosio knew that they had a difficult couple of races ahead of them.
On lap 1 of the first event, Kamui collided with another car and retired. A few laps later, Jerome ground to a halt out on the track with engine failure.
Today, the DAMS' drivers' positions on the grid did not hold out much hope of scoring points, which go to the first six. In these conditions, the team treated the race as a live test session to evaluate new set-ups.
Today, DAMS lies in third position with 21 points. Next round: Silverstone in Great Britain in 2 weeks' time.
Eric Boullier, team manager: "It's been a very disappointing weekend for DAMS as we haven't scored any points for the first time this season. This result was dictated by a poor qualifying session on Friday. Our priority was to find more power and start higher up the grid, so we decided to use new setups for the second race. We knew that scoring points was out of the question so we decided to use this race as a test session. We hope to be back in the points at the next event on the Silverstone circuit."
Jerome d'Ambrosio, 18th on grid 1, DNF, 21st on grid 2 and 15th at the finish.
"To aim for the title in GP2 means scoring points in each race, and I'm disappointed leaving Istanbul without adding to my tally. Engine failure dashed my chances yesterday, and as I was far down the field today, I knew that even by pushing very hard I had little hope of finishing in the first six."
Kamui Kobayashi: 16th on grid 1, DNF, 25th on grid 2, 21st at the finish
"I'm disappointed like the whole team by our performance in Istanbul. We were slowed by yellow flags in qualifying and that screwed up our whole weekend. A collision on Saturday and a difficult race today mean that I'm leaving Istanbul without any points. I hope to turn the situation round at Silverstone."