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Points just out of reach for DAMS in GP3 at Silverstone
Points just out of reach for DAMS in GP3 at Silverstone
Points just out of reach for DAMS in GP3 at Silverstone

17/07/2017 - Points just out of reach for DAMS in GP3 at Silverstone

DAMS just missed out on points in the GP3 Series Sprint Race at Silverstone, as American driver Santino Ferrucci battled to ninth from the back row of the grid this weekend (13-16 July).

After retiring in the Feature Race, Haas F1 Development Driver Ferrucci sliced his way through the field to cross the line in ninth place on Sunday.

Brazilian Bruno Baptista and Sauber F1 Development Driver Tatiana Calderon both improved throughout the weekend, but were unable to score points.

Free Practice & Qualifying

Looking to bounce back from a tough Austrian weekend, 19-year-old Ferrucci went 10th fastest in practice, but struggled for grip in qualifying and ended the session 16th.

After only completing a few laps in practice, Baptista qualified 18th at the 5.891km circuit, increasing his pace throughout the session.

Calderon lapped 18th quickest in practice, before going 19th in qualifying as the 24-year-old Colombian also endured a lack of grip.

Santino Ferrucci:We struggled with the car bottoming in practice and this put us on the back foot for qualifying. We had some issues on the hard tyre and it didn’t help our pace.

Bruno Baptista:We had a problem with the brakes in practice, so I could only do a few fast laps. This put me out of rhythm for qualifying and I was disappointed with the result.

Tatiana Calderon:I suffered from a lack of grip in both practice and qualifying to be honest and we found it difficult to get a set-up I was comfortable with. We are usually better in the races though so I remained positive.

Feature & Sprint Races

Ferrucci retired in the Feature Race, but quickly picked off his rivals ahead to cross the line in ninth place in the sprint.

20-year-old Baptista improved to 12th at the chequered flag in Saturday’s race, but was handed a 20-second time penalty for not slowing under the virtual safety car and was classified 15th. The GP3 rookie ended the weekend with 14th on Sunday.

Calderon continued to struggle for grip in the Feature Race, but improved towards the end to finish 14th. Another difficult Sprint Race saw her finish in 15th.

Santino Ferrucci:In the first race I had to retire the car, but to go from 18th to ninth in the Sprint Race was great and I can’t thank the team enough for not giving up this weekend.

Bruno Baptista:The Feature Race went quite well and we showed good pace, particularly towards the end, but the penalty dropped us backwards for the Sprint and I wasn’t able to move forward again.

Tatiana Calderon:I struggled with the car in both races. The results were disappointing, but hopefully we can improve in Budapest.

François Sicard, Managing Director:This wasn’t the weekend we expected, especially after showing positive signs in Austria. We started on the wrong foot with all three cars and found it tough to improve. In the final race it was great to see Santino battle through to ninth and it shows that we’re heading in the right direction. In a Budapest test earlier this year we showed great pace, so we are confident of improving on this result.

 

Round four of the 2017 GP3 Series will take place at the Hungaroring, Hungary (28-30 July).

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DAMS narrowly miss out on point at Red Bull Ring
DAMS narrowly miss out on point at Red Bull Ring
DAMS narrowly miss out on point at Red Bull Ring

10/07/2017 - DAMS narrowly miss out on point at Red Bull Ring

DAMS were unlucky to come away from Spielberg, Austria, with no points, after Tatiana Calderon battled to ninth in the GP3 Series Feature Race, before receiving a time penalty.

Sauber F1 Development Driver Calderon went from 19th to ninth in race one, but a five-second time penalty for overtaking under yellow flags dropped her to 13th.

Brazilian Bruno Baptista was handed the same penalty having come close to his first GP3 points, with Haas F1 Development Driver Santino Ferrucci suffering multiple setbacks after a positive start to the weekend.

Free Practice & Qualifying

Ferrucci got off to a flying start at the Red Bull Ring, posting the second quickest time in practice. However, a cracked tub meant the team had to rebuild the chassis and the American was 17th in qualifying following a set-up issue.

Colombian driver Calderon was 18th in practice, before going 19th fastest in qualifying despite being just seven-tenths off pole position.

In only his second GP3 Series race weekend, Baptista continued his steady progress, with the 20-year-old going 17th in practice and 16th in a tight qualifying session.

Santino Ferrucci:Practice went really well, the car felt great and we were just a few hundredths off. We had to rebuild the chassis overnight and the set-up wasn’t right. With our grid position we knew we had work to do for the race.

Tatiana Calderon:We lacked some speed in practice, but we analysed the data and despite the position we improved in qualifying. Everyone was separated by just few tenths and there was definitely room for improvement.

Bruno Baptista:I continued to learn the car throughout practice and qualifying and was pretty happy with the pace. The times were extremely tight and there was certainly an opportunity to go forwards in the races.

Feature & Sprint Races

24-year-old Calderon showed strong pace in the Feature Race, battling through to finish ninth, before a penalty for overtaking under yellow flags dropped her to 13th.

After retiring from race one with damage from earlier contact, 19-year-old Ferrucci fought through to 13th on Sunday, with overtaking around the 4.318 km circuit proving difficult.

A hectic Feature Race saw Baptista cross the line 12th, dropping to 13th after receiving his five-second time penalty for overtaking under a caution period. The GP3 rookie retired with damage in the Sprint Race.

Tatiana Calderon:I made a lot of overtakes and showed good pace in the Feature Race and the performance was encouraging. I struggled with a flat spot in race two, but I’m confident of closing the gap to the top 10 in the coming rounds.

Santino Ferrucci:We had a good start in race one, but I was hit and the damage forced me to retire after five laps. Race two was much better, I produced some good passes and learned a lot about the car ahead of Silverstone.

Bruno Baptista:The first race was positive and I wasn’t too far off the top 10. I injured my back slightly in the Sprint Race, but it should be OK for Silverstone and hopefully I can challenge for my first GP3 points.

François Sicard:Ferrucci did a great job in practice to get second, but some damage from the aggressive kerbs meant we had to repair the chassis and the set-up wasn’t right for qualifying. This put him on the back-foot all weekend and no points is very disappointing. Calderon drove a great Feature Race and deserved to be in the top 10. For Silverstone the focus will be on improving her qualifying performance, so we can challenge further up the field. Baptista has the pace but he just needs to be more consistent, which will come with experience. Thankfully he is OK after his incident and will be ready to fight next weekend.

 

Round three of the 2017 GP3 Series will take place at Silverstone, Great Britain (13-16 July).

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Double-points finish for Ferrucci and DAMS in GP3 Series opener
Double-points finish for Ferrucci and DAMS in GP3 Series opener
Double-points finish for Ferrucci and DAMS in GP3 Series opener

15/05/2017 - Double-points finish for Ferrucci and DAMS in GP3 Series opener

DAMS and driver Santino Ferrucci showed great pace in the opening round of the 2017 GP3 Series in Barcelona to score two points finishes.

After a late charge in the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Feature Race, the American driver seized ninth in the final corner on the last lap. Then a solid Sprint event saw him finish eighth.

Colombian racer Calderon showed good pace on Saturday to finish 14th, with young Brazilian Baptista improving throughout the weekend to come home 13th in the Sprint Race.

Free Practice & Qualifying

Under the sizzling Spanish sun, Ferrucci was 11th in practice but struggled for grip in qualifying and the Haas F1 Development Driver had to settle for 14th.

At the scene of her best qualifying result of 2016, Calderon wasn’t able to get a clean run in this time, with the Sauber F1 Development Driver going 17th quickest.

Taking part in his first GP3 Series weekend, Baptista focused on set-up for practice and went 14th fastest, before going 18th in qualifying.

Santino Ferrucci:I had difficulties with the set-up in practice and qualifying so was disappointed with 14th, but we were confident of making up ground in the races.

Tatiana Calderon:We struggled to find the pace in both free practice and qualifying. The conditions in the two sessions were very different, which made it more difficult.

Bruno Baptista:I improved throughout free practice and was pleased with the help I received from the team. The car felt good in qualifying, but I made a mistake and had to start from 18th.”

Feature & Sprint Race

Ferrucci dramatically snatched ninth place on the run to the finish line in the first race and could have been on the reverse-grid pole had he not been pushed off the track. A strong showing in the Sprint Race saw him come home in eighth.

Calderon climbed the order in the Feature Race to an eventual 14th position, just two seconds away from a points-paying position. However, the 2015-16 MRF Challenge runner-up was forced to retire in the Sprint Race after contact.

19-year-old Baptista produced a clean and faultless drive in both the Feature and Sprint Race, coming home in 16th and 13th.

Santino Ferrucci:I managed to fight through to ninth in race one, which could have been eighth, but I was forced off the track at the end. Race two wasn’t bad either and the mechanics did a great job. Now I’m looking forward to the test in Budapest.

Tatiana Calderon:Race one was quite positive and the team’s hard work through the night was really good. Unfortunately, someone crashed into me in race two and I had to retire, but we will analyse the data and come back stronger.

Bruno Baptista:Race one was quite fun, but I knew I needed to work on my overall pace for Sunday. The second race felt really good, I managed the tyres well and was much quicker. We just need to put it all together and we can fight for points throughout the year.

François Sicard, Managing Director: "Qualifying was disappointing for Santino, but in the first race he did a great job and was just one place off reverse-grid pole. In race two he scored points again, but we will look at the data to improve for the future. Tatiana struggled with the set-up in practice and qualifying, but was much happier in the races. The broken wishbone meant she unfortunately wasn’t able to score points in race two, but we will improve throughout the season. Bruno was happy with the car and had a good couple of races. There are a lot of promising signs and there will be good results to come this year."

DAMS will be back on track for testing at the Hungaroring, Hungary (6-7 June), before the GP3 Series heads to Spielberg, Austria (7-9 July) for round two.

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