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A difficult race, but a positive week-end…
Despite a difficult race (many changes of weather and an anti-slip paint really needed in the pit lane), Jérôme D’Ambrosio did again another great week-end and all his fans are proud of him. You might think I always tell the same story… but what else can I say when he did a fantastic job during all the week-end?!
He was always close to Timo and that was his main goal before the summer break. Done. Congratulations Jérôme! During the 2nd part of the season, you can be in front of him sometimes, I believe in that!
His position on the grid wasn’t ideal of course, as he started the race from the 24th (and last) position… but he was only 0.216 from Timo so his performance was great. During the race, he managed to overtake Daniel Ricciardo and Timo Glock in the first corner! But then he was stuck behind Liuzzi and lost time… That was the same problem during his first pit stop, that took place in the same lap as Timo… And again he lost time while fighting against Jarno Trulli and was about to overtake him when he had to give up. Finally Jérôme ended the race 19th, which is not so bad at all considering all those facts!
The scariest thing that happened to him was during his pit stop. He spun because of the paint on the floor and fortunately no one was hurt!! But that’s so dangerous, FIA should [must] do something about it! Jérôme & his team had a quick and good reaction!
To conclude, I’d say that this was an unlucky race for the belgian driver but another way to learn more and improve. Let’s hope the next race (THE ONE^^) will be luckier for him!
Here are Jérôme’s statements during the whole week-end:
Friday, after the 1st and 2nd practice sessions (P22 at the end of both): “It was a pretty good Friday today. We had some useful testing this afternoon and it was good that we didn’t see any of the rain that we were expecting. This morning we didn’t really work on set-up and instead I concentrated on collecting aero data, but this afternoon we had a good programme and we’ll have a lot of data to go through tonight. Overall it was a good day so let’s see what tomorrow brings.”
Saturday, after FP3 & Quali session (P21 & P24 on the grid): “Not a bad Saturday at all. This morning was really good and I had a good balance with the car, but this afternoon I struggled a little bit as the track was cooler and the balance changed. I had a bit of understeer which made the car slower over a lap but I feel I was quite close to the car’s full potential today. I’m sure I can still improve to make sure I hook everything together over the lap.”
Sunday, after the race (P19 at the end): “I’m disappointed really, but the conditions were very tough out there. I had a very good start to the race and I was happy about that but I made an error when the rain came, choosing to stop for intermediates when I probably should have stayed out on slicks. So I lost a lot of time with the pit stops and I also had a tough moment when I spun in the box when I came in, although thankfully the car didn’t hit anyone. Definitely not my best race.”
First part of his First season is already over…
The first part of the season is, unmistakably, really really positive for Jérôme D’Ambrosio! He rarely did mistakes and never gave up on his own fault (just one time because of a problem on the car in Malaysia). His best position was 14th, and that shows he’s good during the race, always improving himself and never being involved in crashes. The car is also reliable, and he managed to deal with the new rules (about the engine, the gearbox…) and preserve his car.
As I said just before, I’m sure he can be better during the second part of the season, after a well deserved break! All the more that it’ll be his home Grand Prix!!! Many fans will be at Spa Francorchamps to support him and that will probably give him wings!!
I wish Jérôme & all his team a nice break but I have to admit that I already miss F1! See you in 3 weeks in Belgium!