Round 8, Spa-Francorchamps : A couple of points for DAMS! This weekend, DAMS raced in the eighth round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship on the mythic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. The very quick 7-kilometre layout is a huge challenge...
Round 8, Spa-Francorchamps : A couple of points for DAMS!
This weekend, DAMS raced in the eighth round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship on the mythic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. The very quick 7-kilometre layout is a huge challenge for both drivers and engineers.
The teams scored points in Valencia after the summer break, and Jerome d'Ambrosio and Kamui Kobayashi were determined to continue the good work after 4 difficult meetings. Unfortunately, things did not work out as expected and DAMS bagged just 2 points this weekend.
The 2 drivers started from the second half of the grid for Saturday's race and both made spectacular comeback, which gave Kamui an eighth-place finish. The Japanese driver moved up another place after one of his rivals was handed a penalty on Saturday evening. Jerome was aiming for a points finish, but a trip over the kerbing in the Raidillon damaged his car forcing him to retire. It was frustrating for the Belgian who was racing at home this weekend.
This morning, Kamui started from the front row, and he was lying fourth after the first lap when he was hit by another car through no fault of his own. He spun but was able to rejoin at the back of the field. Jerome's race ended in the first corner with broken left-hand front suspension when he too was the victim of another car's unwanted attentions!
With 4 races left (Italy and Portugal) DAMS is currently lying 8th in the teams' classification while Kamui and Jerome are in 11th and 16th places in the drivers' championship. The second-last round is on the legendary Monza circuit in 2 weeks time.
Eric Boullier, Team Manager: "It's been yet another frustrating weekend. Kamui has been on the front row two Sundays on the trot, and we haven't managed to turn this into points because of collisions. It's exasperating as our results could be much better than just two victories. Jerome had a difficult weekend in front of his home crowd, even though he had everything needed to put on a scintillating display. A slow puncture screwed up his qualifying session, which penalized him for both races. Of course, we're disappointed but we're not giving up. It's really a weekend to forget - our luck will change."
Kamui Kobayashi: 10th on the grid for race 1, 8th at the finish, 2nd on the grid for race 2, 11th at the finish
"Infuriating is the only word I can find to describe my weekend. After my fight-back, my reward was a front row place and a victory looked on the cards today. Unfortunately, another car ran into me on the second lap and that put paid to my chances. A weekend to forget but two points is better than nothing."
Jerome d'Ambrosio: 15th on the grid for race 1, retired, 14th on the grid for race 2, retired
"I'm really disappointed. I was quick enough to get a place at the front end of the grid as my performance in free practice showed. A slow puncture prevented me from fighting my corner. When you start from far back it's difficult to fight your way up through the field. Nonetheless, I thought I could score points yesterday when I was forced to retire. It was even worse this morning. My race lasted barely one hundred meters. I'm going to try and forget this missed opportunity and concentrate on Monza."