After their magnificent victory yesterday, Romain Grosjean and DAMS were not quite so successful today on the Istanbul park circuit.

The French driver was involved in a collision with Jules Bianchi on the first lap and fell back to the rear of the field. However, he made a fighting comeback and scraped into the top 10 in the dying moments of the race helped by a safety car period. He scored the point for the fastest lap, which helped him retain the championship lead, which he shares with Sam Bird.

His team-mate, Pal Varhaug, had a slightly hectic morning. He pulled back a few places in the opening stages, but spun when under pressure from another car.
The young Norwegian was not a wit discouraged and fought back from second-last place passing some of his rivals and finished on a high note.

Loic David, General Manager: “Things did not go quite so well today. It was a frustrating race as the car was obviously among the quickest and this is not reflected in the results. Our overall position in the championship is still good and we’re already thinking about Spain.”

Romain Grosjean: p10

“A positive race despite the collision with Jules. I’m really sorry we touched. The car was even quicker than yesterday, and I’m delighted to have fought my way back up into the top ten as well as bagging the point for the fastest lap. Bravo to the whole team and let’s keep up the good work!”

Pal Varhaug: p21

“I have to say I’m learning in every race. I had a good start but I made a mistake when Bianchi caught me. Afterwards, I was determined to finish well for the sake of the team.”

Next races in Barcelona on Saturday and Sunday 21-22 May.