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DAMS takes GP3 podium in Abu Dhabi
DAMS takes GP3 podium in Abu Dhabi
DAMS takes GP3 podium in Abu Dhabi

27/11/2017 - DAMS takes GP3 podium in Abu Dhabi

DAMS concluded their 2017 GP3 Series campaign with a podium for Dan Ticktum at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The Red Bull junior driver scored two strong points finishes, with a fourth in the Feature Race, before a season-best third in the Sprint event, after fighting his way from fifth on the grid. 

Brazilian Bruno Baptista secured his third points finish of the season, whilst Sauber F1 Development Driver Tatiana Calderon was unable to add to her tally.

 

Free Practice & Qualifying

Fresh back from his victory at the Macau Grand Prix, Ticktum was on the pace immediately, recording a fourth place in free practice, before repeating that feat in qualifying.

Baptista started his weekend with 16th place in the opening session, ahead of qualifying in 17th position for the Feature Race.

Colombian driver Calderon - who scored a podium in her World Series Formula V8 3.5 debut in Bahrain last weekend – was 20th in practice, before improving to 13th in qualifying.

Dan Ticktum: “I made a small mistake in qualifying that ultimately didn’t cost us that much, but second or third was definitely possible, which might have given us a slightly better chance at the start.“

Bruno Baptista: “In practice we worked towards the race, but I had some small problems in qualifying, and made a couple of mistakes, meaning we didn’t reach our potential.”

Tatiana Calderon: “Free practice was difficult only completing a few laps due to a braking problem, putting us on the back foot for qualifying. With no issues, a top six position looked possible which was positive.”

 

Feature and Sprint Races

Ticktum stormed home to a strong fourth place in the Feature Race, matching the leaders pace consistently. Starting fifth in the Sprint Race, the Englishman made two audacious overtaking moves on the back straight to claim his maiden series podium.

Starting from 17th in race one, Baptista made a good start, before coming home in a strong tenth position to gain a point. In Sunday’s race, the Brazilian improved from his grid-slot, but a penalty dropped him to eleventh from his seventh-place finish.

Contact in the first race forced Calderon to pit for a replacement front wing, before running at a pace on par with the leaders. In the Sprint Race, the Colombian made a slow getaway, but climbed back up to 15th position by the chequered flag.

Dan Ticktum: “I had to fight for position in the early stages of race one and then lost time under the virtual safety car, which I can put down to inexperience. In race two we should have been second, but the penalty cost us. Overall, the weekend was a good way to finish for DAMS, but we could have got more from it.”

Bruno Baptista: “I think the weekend went really well, I made some good overtakes in both races and the points finish was really great.”

Tatiana Calderon: “It was a frustrating weekend in which we showed really good pace. The team deserve better after doing a great job, so it’s unfortunate to end the season like this.”

François Sicard, Managing Director: We finished the year strongly, despite the results. Ticktum fought for pole position until the last lap, but made a small mistake. He did a strong first race and could have been higher than fourth. Third in the Sprint despite the penalty is very good. Since joining, Dan has done a great job and we appreciate his hard work. Tatiana was unlucky, she was just two-tenths away from the top six without much running in qualifying. We have enjoyed working with her this year and wish her luck for the future. It was a shame that Bruno got a five-second penalty in the sprint race, but this was his best performance with us and it’s a nice way to go our separate ways.”

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Top-five finish for DAMS in GP3 at Jerez
Top-five finish for DAMS in GP3 at Jerez
Top-five finish for DAMS in GP3 at Jerez

09/10/2017 - Top-five finish for DAMS in GP3 at Jerez

DAMS scored a strong top-five at Jerez, with Dan Ticktum flying to fourth in only his second GP3 Series weekend.

Red Bull Junior Ticktum was also fighting for a podium in the Sprint Race, before being hit out in the closing stages. 

Sauber F1 Development Driver Tatiana Calderon collected her second points finish in a row with eighth, while Brazilian Bruno Baptista was unable to add to his season’s tally. 

 

Free Practice & Qualifying

After an excellent showing on his GP3 debut at Monza, Ticktum was quickly up to speed in Spain, going fifth fastest in practice, before improving to fourth in his first qualifying session.

Coming off the back off her strongest series result yet, Calderon also showed promising speed, posting the ninth fastest time in practice and qualifying a personal-best eighth.

Baptista went 10th fastest in practice to confirm DAMS’ strong pace at the Andalusian track, but was unable to match it in qualifying and could only manage 20th.

Dan Ticktum: “I still haven’t done a lot of laps in the car, so I was very pleased with the pace I showed early in the weekend. The set-up was good and I knew we could challenge the guys ahead in the race.”

Tatiana Calderon: “The car felt great in both practice and qualifying. It was my third top-10 in a row, which shows how much we’ve improved as the season’s progressed.”

Bruno Baptista: “Practice went well, but I made a couple of mistakes in qualifying on my fast laps and had to start at the back.”

 

Feature and Sprint Races

In the Feature Race, Ticktum matched the leaders’ pace and stormed to an emphatic fourth. The Brit made up a place from fifth in the opening stages of the sprint and was challenging for a podium when he was pushed off into the gravel, ending his weekend.

Calderon was hit in the first corner of race one and dropped outside the top 10 to finish 13th. In the Sprint Race, the Colombian made some good overtakes in the opening stages and was quickly up to 10th. She finished ninth, but was promoted to eighth after a penalty ahead.

Baptista improved from the back of the grid to 16th in the Feature Race, before making further gains on Sunday to finish 13th.

Dan Ticktum: “We showed a lot of pace in the races. We were as quick, if not quicker than the ART cars, so it’s disappointing to have been taken out of the sprint. The driver was penalised, and there are still plenty of positives to take.”

Tatiana Calderon: “I had a good start in race one, but was hit and dropped behind slower cars. I’m happy to be rewarded for our performance in race two though and I’d like to thank the team for their hard work this weekend.”

Bruno Baptista: “It’s difficult to overtake at this track, so I was unable to make the progress our pace deserved. The team have been very supportive and we are aiming to be back in the points at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.” 

François Sicard, Managing Director: “This was an encouraging weekend for the team. Ticktum has done an incredible job. In his first qualifying session he was fourth and to be fighting for the podium in both races is very good. It’s a shame that he was taken out in the sprint but overall we can still be happy. Calderon confirmed our speed with another great qualifying performance and points finish. She didn’t get the results she deserved, but will be right in the mix at Abu Dhabi. Baptista is working hard, he showed good pace in the races and is always improving.”

 

The finale of the 2017 GP3 Series takes place at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi (24-26 November).

 

 

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DAMS score best GP3 result of season at Monza
DAMS score best GP3 result of season at Monza
DAMS score best GP3 result of season at Monza

05/09/2017 - DAMS score best GP3 result of season at Monza

Tatiana Calderon scythed through to seventh place from the back of the grid to secure DAMS’ best GP3 Series result of the year at Monza, Italy (1-3 September).

The result was also a career-best for Sauber F1 Development Driver Calderon and came after a superb drive.

Brazilian Bruno Baptista also collected points with a strong 10th position, as Red Bull Junior Driver Dan Ticktum was hit out of contention whilst fighting for a top- five finish on his debut.

Free Practice

Focusing on race set-up, Calderon was 19th fastest in practice. However, heavy rain forced Saturday’s qualifying to be cancelled with the times set in Friday’s session determining the Feature Race grid.

Like Calderon, Baptista did not focus on single-lap pace in free practice and was 16th overall, which is where he lined up on the grid.

Taking part in his maiden GP3 Series weekend, Ticktum was quickly up to speed at Monza; the Briton 10th in practice.

Tatiana Calderon:We were testing the car with different set-ups on Friday, so the fact that qualifying was cancelled was not ideal and the grid position wasn’t a true representation of our pace.

Bruno Baptista:Practice was OK. I wasn’t pushing as hard as possible so we could have been further up than we were.

Dan Ticktum:On Friday, I felt the pace was good and I’m very happy with the performance. It’s a shame we couldn’t get any running in qualifying as it’s likely that we would have improved even more.

Feature Race

With the Sprint event cancelled, the Feature Race was moved to Sunday. Calderon started well, but had contact and pitted for repairs under the safety car. She then made great progress climbing to seventh. Frustratingly, the cancellation of the Sprint Race denied her a front-row start on the partially-reversed grid.

Baptista managed his tyres well early in the race, before making a late charge to take his second points finish of the year in 10th.

Ticktum started strongly to move up to seventh inside a lap. Whilst battling for fourth at the halfway stage, he was hit from behind and received a left-rear puncture. He dropped out of the points-paying positions and finished 13th.

Tatiana Calderon:I was conservative at the start to save tyres and it paid off in the end. The result is great and I want to thank the team for their help this weekend, hopefully we will continue to score more points from now on.

Bruno Baptista:We had some really good fights throughout the race and the car was set-up nicely. It’s great to finish in the points again, but we still have areas to improve for the next one.

Dan Ticktum:The start went well and I did everything I could to keep my nose clean. The contact is frustrating, but that happens a lot in racing. Overall, I’m still pleased that I was fighting for fourth on my debut and everyone at DAMS was very helpful.

François Sicard, Managing Director:It was great to see Ticktum immediately on the pace having never driven this car before. He was very unlucky in the race, but after his pitstop he was lapping at the same pace as the leaders. He will be back with us to fight at Jerez and Abu Dhabi. We are very satisfied to see Calderon collect some points after a great comeback! She’s been showing very strong performances since Hungary and deserves this. We’re also delighted that Baptista scored his second point of the season and now the focus is on even better at the final two rounds.

 

Round seven of the 2017 GP3 Series takes place at Jerez, Spain (6-8 October).

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