DAMS consolidates position as GP2 series leader

Round 3, Bahrain

After last week's exceptional grand slam, DAMS and its lead driver, Davide Valsecchi, continued where they'd left off on the same Sakhir circuit with another victory and a podium. Felipe Nasr enhanced his growing reputation with another brilliant comeback from 11th to 5th place in race 2.

The Italian driver in the DAMS team was again very quick in qualifying setting the second-best time. But in the race itself he soon put things to rights. Thanks to an impeccable pit stop and excellent tyre management he headed off to his third win on the trot in Bahrain (a first in the history of GP2) with a lead of over 8 seconds at the finish. Davide started the sprint race from eighth place and was again the quickest driver on the track. However, a few complicated passing manoeuvres meant that he had to make do with third.

Felipe Nasr also repeated his previous weekend's performance. The Brazilian rookie was heavily penalised after a superb drive in the first race, and he again showed all his talent and determination in the sprint race crossing the finishing line in 5th place stuck to Gutierrez's gearbox.

So overall, the second Bahrain round was a very positive one for the French team. Despite very tough competition, DAMS has increased its lead (42 points) in the teams' classification, and Davide Valsecchi now has 24 points in hand over second-placed Luiz Razzia in the drivers' ratings in which Felipe Nasr is currently lying eighth.

Jean-Paul Driot, CEO: "I feel like I'm repeating myself and I hope I'll have many more occasions to say a big thank you to the whole team. It has managed to hold on to its lead in style against very strong rivals. Three victories and a podium for Davide need no comment. Felipe showed his blinding speed, and also his strength of character in adversity. But we're only a quarter way through the championship; we've still got a long way to go so we can't afford to lower our guard for an instant."

Davide Valsecchi: "I'm really delighted and it's been another great weekend for us. I'd like to thank the team for giving me a perfect car in which I scored a win and podium finish. We did an excellent job and we have to keep up the same momentum to stay on top at the next round in Barcelona. I can't wait to be there!"

Felipe Nasr: "Once again circumstances didn't play into my hands. But what I'll take away from this round is that I was able to show all my potential in the second race. I know the best is yet to come. The season's very long and with the team and the car that I've got I'm sure that I can fight at the front. Rendezvous in Spain."

Next round: Barcelona 12-13 May.

Race 1 results:

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap

1. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 57m35.088s

2. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 7.711s

3. Giedo van der Garde Caterham + 14.824s

4. Luiz Razia Arden + 24.142s

5. Max Chilton Carlin + 24.705s

6. Rio Haryanto Carlin + 40.965s

7. Felipe Nasr DAMS + 45.772s

8. Marcus Ericsson iSport + 50.645s

9. Tom Dillmann Rapax + 52.522s

10. Johnny Cecotto Addax + 55.578s

11. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus + 56.211s

12. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering + 1m06.906s

13. Brendon Hartley Ocean + 1m07.254s

14. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham + 1m09.206s

15. Simon Trummer Arden + 1m15.486s

16. Julian Leal Trident + 1m16.363s

17. James Calado Lotus + 1m20.506s

18. Stephane Richelmi Trident + 1m21.441s

19. Nigel Melker Ocean + 1m29.955s

 20. Fabio Onidi Coloni + 1m47.146s

21. Stefano Coletti Coloni + 1 lap

22. Giancarlo Serenelli Lazarus + 1 lap

23. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax + 1 lap


Jolyon Palmer iSport 30 laps

Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus 24 laps

Dani Clos Addax 8 laps

Race 2 results:

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap

1. Tom Dillmann Rapax 41m16.276s

2. Luiz Razia Arden + 0.198s

3. Davide Valsecchi DAMS + 3.958s

4. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus + 16.488s

5. Felipe Nasr DAMS + 18.602s

6. Rio Haryanto Carlin + 20.425s

7. Marcus Ericsson iSport + 26.294s

8. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 29.605s

9. Fabio Onidi Coloni + 33.490s

10. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering + 34.078s

11. Nigel Melker Ocean + 43.463s

12. James Calado Lotus + 44.371s

13. Max Chilton Carlin + 46.743s

14. Julian Leal Trident + 47.439s

15. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham + 54.991s

16. Brendon Hartley Ocean + 59.764s

17. Stephane Richelmi Trident + 1m00.655s

18. Stefano Coletti Coloni + 1m02.090s

19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham + 1m02.632s

20. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax + 1m07.468s

21. Giancarlo Serenelli Lazarus + 1m08.293s

22. Jolyon Palmer iSport + 1m18.688s

23. Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus + 1m26.049s   


Simon Trummer Arden 21 laps

Dani Clos Addax 19 laps

Johnny Cecotto Addax 0 laps

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