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GP Week : Issue 43
Technic Dams eyes GP2 crown after Asian win DAMS wrapped up the GP2 Asia Series championship double at the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Kamui Kobayashi was crowned the championship’s first Asian title winner, and Dams brought home the teams title. It was the first championship double for the team since they achieved the same feat with Jean Christophe Boullion in the 1994 F3000 championship. Team Principal Jean-Paul Driot told GPWeek that the pressure on the team coming into the weekend had been greater than normal, as Jerome d’Ambrosio had been handed a 10-place grid penalty following his black flag in Malaysia. “The situation in Kuala Lumpur with Jerome had big consequences and put a lot of pressure on us here, as with only one race remaining we know that anything can happen. I am glad that it is over and that we have clinched both drivers and teams championships,”he told GPWeek. 12 Kobayashi clinched the title on the Saturday, although he had been beaten to the podium by his team-mate d’Ambrosio, who went on to finish second in the championship after a second podium on Sunday. Driot admitted that the team’s success had increased their expectations for the GP2 Main Series which begins in Barcelona at the start of May. “For sure when you achieve a good result here in the winter and the unity is there and the drivers improve their performance, we go to the main series with more confidence and more eagerness to be there. It’s going to be difficult and a very strong championship this year, however. You have guys like [Lucas] di Grassi, [Nico] Hulkenberg, my two drivers and then there is [Pastor] Maldonado who is unbeatable in Monaco, so I think that in the main series we will have to be consistent if we want to finish in the top three.”