This weekend, the legendary Monza circuit was the theatre of the ninth (and second-last) round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship. The track is by far the quickest in the championship and requires a very specific setup as well as a balls-out performance by the drivers!

After an encouraging weekend at Spa-Francorchamps a fortnight earlier, DAMS’s aim was to fight at the front by building on its recent progress. The team had a difficult qualifying session but refused to give up hope. And it was proved right!

In the first race run in the rain and then on a drying track, a last-minute stategical choice enabled Jérôme d’Ambrosio to make a spectacular comeback. The Belgian driver, who was down in twenty-first place on the grid, fought his way up to fourth by the chequered flag! Today, he started fifth and moved up a position to score another fourth-place finish.

Kamui Kobayashi was less fortunate yesterday, passing though the pits.
Today, he was trying to fight his way back to the front when an electrical problem forced him to retire.

The last 2 races of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship season will be run in Portugal. DAMS is currently lying 7th in the teams’ classification. Jerôme et Kamui are in 7th and 16th positions in the drivers’ championship.

DAMS is determined to finish the season on a high note on the Portimao circuit in a week’s time!

Eric Boullier, Team Manager: “We’ve got mixed feelings about our weekend. On the one hand, we’re able to score points on sheer performance, and Jérôme drove two great races. On the other, we’re still have to improve in qualifying and Kamui was unable to shine even though the car’s got the speed. We’ve got one chance left to show what we’re really capable of this season, and we’re going to seize it with both hands!”

Jérôme d’Ambrosio: 21st on the grid for Race 1, 4th at the finish /5th on the grid for Race 2, 4th at the finish.
“I thought that it was all over bar the shouting after such a poor qualifying session! Yesterday’s weather and our technical gamble enabled me to make the best of the situation. It was real team work. Today, I was able to gain a place and score some more points. With a bit more luck on Fridays, I’m sure we can aim for the podium in Portimao.”

Kamui Kobayashi: 18th on the grid for Race 1, 17th at the finish /17th on the grid for Race 2, rtd.
“A weekend to forget! Yesterday’s race was run in difficult conditions and it wasn’t easy to find the right braking points, so I was penalised for cutting the chicane. Today, an electrical glitch put a premature end to my race. It’s frustrating and all I’m hoping for in Portugal is a trouble-free weekend.”