After a weekend in Monaco which left the DAMS team hungry for success, the French squad satisfied its appetite by turning the situation around at Silverstone in brilliant fashion as proved by Michael Christensen’s second place on the grid. His team-mate Richie Stanaway was less fortunate.
Unlike Monaco, however, the results in qualifying didn’t determine the outcome. The Dane had to give way to Michael Ammermuller in a fiercely-contested race as less than 1.5s covered the first three at the flag. Third was Christensen’s first podium finish, and also the first for the team after only three races in Supercup. The New Zealand rookie yo-yoed up and down the time sheets in the squabbling mid-field runners from eleventh (his place in qualifying) to tenth and then back down to thirteenth where he finished. Although he complained of understeer he proved his speed at the end of the race by setting times matching those of the leaders.
François Sicard, Managing Director: “I’m happy for the team that’s been rewarded by our first top-three finish. Although the level of competition is very high we’ve proved we’re up there with the best. Congratulations to Michael; he was brilliant in qualifying and drove a great race. Apparently, Richie ran into a few understeer problems but his pace at the end proved his level of performance. Just a few more setup adjustments and he too will be fighting at the front.”
Michael Christensen: “This first top-three finish is concrete proof of the team’s work and I’m delighted for them. It’s also a source of satisfaction for me even if I can’t help thinking that second place or even victory was within our grasp: there was nothing in it. It’ll help me in the coming rounds. Now that we’ve confirmed our potential I hope to do even better at the Nürburgring.”
Richie Stanaway: “The first day’s practice session in the wet didn’t make things easy for me as it was my first time out on the new Silverstone layout. Thus, I had a few problems in qualifying and that affected my race. The car understeered from time to time but I kept fighting. The final result is disappointing although I’m convinced that we’ll get things right for the next round in Germany.”
Next race: The Nürburgring in Germany on 7th July.