Silverstone, Qualifying: a big step forward! Today, DAMS team drivers Jerome d'Ambrosio and Kamui Kobayashi took part in free practice and qualifying for the fourth round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship on the Silverstone circuit. After ...
Silverstone, Qualifying: a big step forward!
Today, DAMS team drivers Jerome d'Ambrosio and Kamui Kobayashi took part in free practice and qualifying for the fourth round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship on the Silverstone circuit.
After using the second race on the Istanbul track as a live test two weeks ago, this morning the team reckoned it had solved part of the setup problems that have handicapped its cars since the start of the season.
They were right, as after a qualifying session in strong winds, d'Ambrosio and Kobayashi will start from fourth and tenth places on tomorrow's grid.
These performances show that DAMS is back among the front-runners in the tricky challenge of qualifying, and bodes well for a competitive weekend.
Eric Boullier, team manager: "We decided to sacrifice the second race in Istanbul to validate different setup options for Silverstone. Today, we can say it's paid off. Jerome and Kamui will start on the first half of the grid, and if they hadn't come upon slower cars they would have finished even higher up the classification. These positions transform the approach to a weekend, as we have every hope of scoring a podium finish tomorrow, giving us good places on the grid for the second race on Sunday. Bravo to the whole team for the progress they've made today."
Jerome d'Ambrosio: 4th on the grid for tomorrow's race
"Silverstone is a real man's circuit and I'm very happy with the car's performance today on this super quick track. We've made real progress since Turkey: the balance is good and I feel confident in the rapid succession of curves in the early part of the lap. Starting from fourth place with a well-calculated strategy, we can aim for a podium finish tomorrow."
Kamui Kobayashi: 10th on the grid for tomorrow's race.
"I've finally managed to out an end to the lack of success that's dogged me in qualifying this year. I set a good time on my first attempt but I didn't manage to improve in the second, as I fell upon a slower car. It's a pity as I'd certainly have been higher up the grid. Tomorrow, my aim's to finish and score points. It's very important in the championship context."