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Dams, Formula Renault 3.5 Nurburgring Recap
2nd July 2012
DAMS: accentuate the positive!
The French team's weekend at the Nürburgring was mirrored by the weather – variable! Nonetheless, DAMS is leaving the German circuit with a positive feeling due to some good performances by Arthur Pic in qualifying and Lucas Foresti's first point.
After challenging free practice sessions DAMS tacked Saturday's qualifying in a circumspect frame of mind. However, Arthur Pic's third place reassured the whole team. The DAMS driver was brimming with confidence before the race but lost a place and several seconds at the start. Despite making a superb comeback in the closing stages, Pic saw the flag in fourth place glued to the gearbox of the two drivers in front of him on the podium.
After another good qualifying performance (4th) Pic tackled the second heat with the intention of scoring a podium finish. Unfortunately, the very tricky race conditions – dry, wet, dry again and the safety car caught out the DAMS team leader who retired. But Lucas Foresti made a fighting comeback from last on the grid to eleventh place that became tenth after one of his rivals was hit with a penalty.
Jean-Paul Driot, CEO: "Once again the team did a great job in both preparing and running the cars. Our FR3.5 is quick as Arthur proved in qualifying, in particular. We just have to put it all together for the weekend and we'll win! Bravo to Lucas who scored his first point in difficult conditions."
Arthur Pic: "All in all I just want to see the positive aspect even if I'm not happy with my start in the first race. As for Sunday, forget it! What's clear is that we have the speed. I know I can fight at the front. With such a great team I know we'll end up winning."
Lucas Foresti: "Finally, I've scored a point. I'm very happy for myself and above all for the team, which has made a big effort to support me and prepare the car for each event. I hope that this race is the starting point of my season and that I'll continue to score points on a regular basis."
Next race: Moscow, 14-15 July.
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