A Difficult Bahrain Weekend for DAMS
Dams faced a difficult first weekend in Bahrain with only one points finish all weekend despite showing the speed and potential during practice and qualifying.
Dan Ticktum finished the Feature Race in ninth but couldn’t improve in the Sprint Race. The Brit qualified in third but dropped down the order after a poor start in the first race of the weekend. The second race also saw Ticktum drop further down the field as he finished 12th.
Ticktum said: “Not the weekend we’d hoped for after a good qualifying – one to forget really. I’ll spend the next few days focusing on the last races of the season and ending 2020 on a high.”
Sean Gelael was back in the car this weekend after recovering from an injury he got earlier this year and qualified down in 18th. The Feature Race saw him climb up the field to 13th which was where he started the Sprint Race. The Indonesian driver couldn’t make the same sort of progress in the Sprint Race and ended up finishing 14th.
Gelael said: “It’s great to be back in the car after a long break while recovering from the injury I sustained in Barcelona. It wasn’t all that easy as I lost track time in practice with a technical issue, so I didn’t have many laps going into qualifying which was made all the more difficult with red flags interrupting the session. I was happy with how I progressed in the Feature Race, pushing form 18th to 13th, which was good. Unfortunately, we didn’t make the same progress in the Sprint Race. The tyre wear is so high at this circuit that we decided to do a pit stop under the VSC, but it didn’t work out. Now we focus on the season finale.”
Dams will hope that the final weekend of the season, also in Bahrain, will be better for them as they aim to finish the season on a high.
Let us know your thoughts @F2inside on Twitter and join our ever growing community of Formula 2 fans!
Picture Credit: (C) Formula Motorsport Limited