Monaco, qualifying : Bottlenecks in Monaco! Today, DAMS took part in free practice and qualifying on the Monaco circuit for the second round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship in which the team is lying second after Jerome d'Ambrosio's ...
Monaco, qualifying : Bottlenecks in Monaco!
Today, DAMS took part in free practice and qualifying on the Monaco circuit for the second round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship in which the team is lying second after Jerome d'Ambrosio's performances two weeks ago. The French squad has come to the Principality to play a leading role on one of the most prestigious circuits in the world.
Jerome d'Ambrosio and Kamui Kobayashi used this morning's session to work on setups rather than going for performance. When they started qualifying they ran into the usual problem in the Principality, finding a clear lap on this short circuit as all the cars went out at the same time.
In these difficult conditions, d'Ambrosio set the seventh-quickest time while Kobayashi who had problems with his car's handling, finished seventeenth. This evening the team will try to improve the cars' performance after analysing the data collected on the track.
Eric Boullier, team manager: "Our grid positions for tomorrow's race aren't ideal. Setting up a car in Monaco is always a big challenge as the grip keeps changing and you have to anticipate. Jerome's managed to get onto the upper part of the grid, which is very important here. Kamui had more problems, and we'll have to bet on an aggressive strategy tomorrow if we want him to score points. We managed to achieve this in Barcelona two weeks ago, and we're determined to do the same thing here."
Jerome d'Ambrosio: 7th in qualifying
"Monaco is a very specific track with a lot of pitfalls and taming it in thirty minutes' free practice demands maximum concentration. It's a very special feeling when you go out on this circuit. I'd like to have done better today, but our setup lacked that little bit extra. We're going to work on it this evening to improve the car's balance. The aim is to score points in all the races to win the championship. With my grid position I reckon it's on the cards."
Kamui Kobayashi: 17th in qualifying
"It's been a difficult day and I was expecting a much better result. This morning, I tried to improve the car's behaviour with my engineers throughout the thirty minute-free session. We managed to do so but not enough. The car still lacks stability under braking and we're going to try and remedy this, this evening. Anything can happen in races in Monaco and I'm still very motivated for the rest of the weekend."