Dams, GP2 Series, Magny-Cours, Race 1

DAMS in the points

Yester, the DAMS drivers competed in the first of the 2 races of the GP2 Series Championship on the Magny-Cours circuit, one of the curtain raisers to the Formula 1 Grand Prix. After a 41-lap incident-packed event, the team scored some valuable points thanks to Jérôme d’Ambrosio’s 6th place.

Kamui Kobayashi was hit by bad luck! He had to start from 11th place after receiving a penalty from the Stewards yesterday, and stalled just as the lights went out and that effectively ended his day.

Today, the team will take part in the short race and a rostrum finish looks on the cards, an opportunity that it doesn’t want to pass up!

Eric Boullier, team manager: “The race got off to a bad start for us as we lost one car straight away, but the team fought back magnificently and we finally bagged some points. Jérôme drove a perfect race, as he was both quick and consistent. The engineers found a very efficient strategy, and the mechanics did a great pit stop. Bravo to everybody! But the weekend’s not over yet and we can add to our tally tomorrow. The rostrum’s what we’re aiming for.”

Jérôme d’AmbrosioRace 1: 13th on the grid, 6th at the finish, 3rd on the grid tomorrow.

“I’m very happy with this race. The car was a delight to drive; it wasn’t too hard on its tyres and its handling was very stable. We also had the best possible strategy that helped us gain several places. Finally, I pulled back seven places on a circuit where overtaking is well nigh impossible! I’ve finally opened my score with three points and tomorrow I’ll start from the second row, which means that we’ll be able to rack up another good result, add to my points total and round off the weekend in style with a rostrum finish. All very positive!”

Kamui KobayashiRace 1: 11th on the grid, retired (stalled at the start), 22nd on the grid tomorrow.

“There’s not much to be said as my race was over before it began. We’ll have to analyse the root of the problem, as it isn’t the first time this has happed and I really want to find out why.”