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DAMS score 15th podium of season at Monza
DAMS score 15th podium of season at Monza
DAMS score 15th podium of season at Monza

04/09/2017 - DAMS score 15th podium of season at Monza

DAMS driver Nicholas Latifi flew to another FIA Formula 2 podium in a chaotic Feature Race at Monza, Italy (1-3 September).

Latifi’s third-place finish keeps DAMS right in the hunt for the Teams’ Championship as fellow Renault Sport F1 Development Driver Oliver Rowland suffered bad luck whilst fighting for victory in Saturday’s wet Feature Race.

DAMS lie third in the teams’ standings, just 11 points off the top, with Rowland second in the Drivers’ Championship and Latifi fifth.

Free Practice and Qualifying

After going 13th-fastest in free practice, Latifi struggled for pace in the red flag-affected qualifying session and started was 14th.

Rowland ended free practice in sixth place, but was confident of improving for qualifying. However, the incident-packed session meant he was unable to produce a clean lap and the BRDC SuperStar wound up 13th.

Nicholas Latifi:We started on the back foot in practice and I didn’t get a great feeling for the car. I put all my best sectors together in qualifying, but we just didn’t have the pace here.

Oliver Rowland:Practice wasn’t ideal, but we knew there was time to be found. I didn’t manage to get a good lap in qualifying and struggled with the balance.

Feature and Sprint Races

Rowland made an incredible start in the wet Feature Race to climb to sixth within a lap. A succession of blistering laps brought him to third place, but he suffered an unfortunate retirement as his left-rear wheel fell off on the exit of the second chicane after his pitstop. Starting 19th in the Sprint event, the Briton battled to 11th at the finish.

Latifi also made good ground in the late-starting Feature Race, climbing up to seventh before the pitstops. Keeping his nose clean in a chaotic final two laps, the Canadian climbed to third place in the final results. He started well on Sunday, but fell to 16th with tyre wear.

Nicholas Latifi:I made sure not to have contact in the Feature Race, which is important in those conditions and it was great to score some big points. I thought I could fight for the win on Sunday, but really struggled with the tyres for the first time this year.

Oliver Rowland:The Feature Race was going very well, I set fastest lap times and was catching the leaders before losing the wheel. The Sprint Race was difficult, but we made progress and weren’t too far away from the points.

François Sicard, Managing Director:We struggled in qualifying and knew we should have been higher up. Both drivers did a fantastic job in the Feature Race. Latifi was consistently very quick and pulled off some great overtakes, whilst Rowland was extremely unlucky after a superb performance. We had a faulty left-rear wheel nut on Rowland’s car - the mechanic was not to blame. We lacked some pace in the Sprint Race, but nevertheless Rowland did a good job and his nearest title rival also missed out on points this weekend, so the championship is still open.

 

Round ten of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place at Jerez, Spain (6-8 October).

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DAMS unable to capitalise on strong qualifying at Spa
DAMS unable to capitalise on strong qualifying at Spa

28/08/2017 - DAMS unable to capitalise on strong qualifying at Spa

A number of unfortunate circumstances in the FIA Formula 2 Feature Race meant DAMS drivers Oliver Rowland and Nicholas Latifi were unable to benefit from their blistering qualifying pace at Spa-Francorchamps.

Latifi and Rowland, both Renault Sport F1 Development Drivers, qualified strongly in second and third respectively. However, an engine issue for Latifi and Rowland’s disqualification dropped them out of contention.

Rowland and Latifi produced a stunning comeback in the Sprint Race, the Briton securing a point and retaining DAMS’ lead in the teams’ standings. He sits second in the Drivers’ Championship with Latifi fifth.

Free Practice & Qualifying

Off the back of his second F2 victory in Hungary, Rowland continued to show fine form after the summer break as he went third fastest in practice and qualifying.

Having scored points in his past eight races, Canadian Latifi also continued to star for DAMS, going 10th quickest in practice before storming to second in qualifying, his first front-row start of the season.

Oliver Rowland:Practice was pretty good and we could easily see where we could gain even more speed for qualifying, but unfortunately it was wet and quite tough. Third was positive but I could have had pole if I’d had a clean lap.

Nicholas Latifi:The weekend started very strongly. We knew the areas to improve for qualifying and second place in the wet showed that we had the pace in all conditions.

Feature & Sprint Races

Rowland finished third in the Feature Race following a strong drive, but excessive wear on the underfloor plank meant he was disqualified from the results. Starting the Sprint Race last, the BRDC SuperStar proved his class as he sliced through the field to eighth, lapping up to two seconds faster than the cars around him in the latter stages before a late-race safety car prevented him progressing further.

An engine issue on his way to the grid meant Latifi was unable to capitalise on his superb qualifying performance. Starting the Sprint Race 18th, he stormed through to just outside the points in ninth.

Oliver Rowland:In the Feature Race we tried to push our rivals into an early stop, but couldn’t and had to do a longer stint on the medium compound tyres. Third was good, but the small technical infringement was obviously unfortunate. I made positive progress in the Sprint Race and am pleased with the result.

Nicholas Latifi:I had a problem with the engine on the way from the pit lane to the grid and was unable to start, which is disappointing because we missed out on a lot of points. It was a good comeback in the Sprint Race, but it was always going to be difficult to finish in the points.

François Sicard, Managing Director:We’re all sorry for the engine issue failure with Latifi’s car, which happened after his best qualifying performance of the year. It put him on the back foot for the Sprint Race, but it was a great drive to ninth. Rowland’s disqualification was also a big setback. The topography of the circuit meant that the underfloor plank had worn away too much, which is exactly what happened to the race-winner. His recovery drive in the Sprint Race was superb and we could have had more points if it weren’t for the safety car. We will put this weekend behind us and bounce back even stronger at Monza.

 

Round nine of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place at Monza, Italy (1-3 September).

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DAMS take F2 points lead with one-two in Hungary
DAMS take F2 points lead with one-two in Hungary
DAMS take F2 points lead with one-two in Hungary

31/07/2017 - DAMS take F2 points lead with one-two in Hungary

DAMS, with drivers Oliver Rowland and Nicholas Latifi, raced into the lead of the FIA Formula 2 Championship after storming to a one-two finish at the Hungaroring, Hungary (28-30 July).

Renault Sport F1 Development Drivers Rowland and Latifi gave DAMS a first one-two since 2015, also at the Budapest venue, with the Brit scoring another podium in the Sprint Race.

The result sees DAMS take a 42-point lead in the F2 teams’ standings, with Rowland moving up to second in the Drivers’ Championship and Latifi fourth.

Free Practice & Qualifying

Rowland settled in quickly at the Hungaroring, going second fastest in practice. The 24-year-old then produced a stunning lap in qualifying that put him on pole position for Saturday’s Feature Race.

Meanwhile, Canadian driver Latifi continued to impress after his maiden victory at Silverstone. The 22-year-old was fifth in practice and started the Feature Race from sixth.

Oliver Rowland:Practice and qualifying went very well. It was my first pole position at this level and I was confident of scoring a good amount of points in the two races.

Nicholas Latifi:Free Practice was really promising and we could have started on the front row alongside Oliver had I not been blocked on my fastest lap during qualifying.

Feature & Sprint Races

Leading for most of the Feature Race, Rowland remained calm under pressure to claim an emphatic second victory of the season. The BRDC SuperStar sliced his way from eighth to second in the Sprint Race to close in on the lead of the Drivers’ points race.

Once again, Latifi showed blistering pace and set the fastest lap on his way to second in the Feature Race, his sixth podium of the season. Another strong showing brought him to sixth on Sunday to complete DAMS’ supreme points-scoring weekend.

Oliver Rowland:It doesn’t get much better than this. The performance of the team has been exceptional, so I’m very happy. Now the focus is to continue this form into Spa-Francorchamps after the break and challenge for the title.

Nicholas Latifi:During the Feature Race I was by far the quickest on track. It was a great team result with the one-two, if I started a little higher up I might have won the race. I didn’t get the best start on Sunday, but we still moved forwards and overall it’s been positive.

François Sicard, Managing Director:It was a great weekend for us. Our first pole position, 14th podium and third victory of the season shows how strong we’ve been and it’s fantastic to be leading the Teams’ Championship. Now we need to recharge over the summer break and continue our strong form in the remaining races to extend our lead over Prema and close the gap in the drivers’ standings.

 

Round eight of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (25-27 August).

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