Crawford: ‘We know we have good pace’

Crawford: ‘We know we have good pace’

JAK CRAWFORD DAMS LUCAS OIL KICKS OFF F SEASON ON THE PODIUM

DAMS Lucas Oil’s Jak Crawford was left frustrated on Saturday after car issue during a pit stop brought his opening FIA Formula 2 weekend to an early end.

But the 18-year-old says there’s reason for optimism.

The American was running in the top three when he made his mandatory pit stop during Saturday’s Feature Race, but a car issue meant he never returned to the track.

Up to that point, the Aston Martin Young Driver Programme member had enjoyed a positive weekend.

He’d finished second to Rodin’s Zane Maloney in Friday’s Sprint Race, having started on reverse-grid pole for that race. 

“We had a positive Sprint Race, the speed was strong and it was great to start the season with a podium,” the ex-Red Bull Junior Driver said.

Positives despite Saturday frustration

Crawford admitted Qualifying on Thursday hadn’t been perfect: “I made a couple of mistakes and we didn’t quite put it together as a team.”

The teenager left Saturday’s race empty-handed after scoring eight-points for his P2 on Friday.

Having started the Feature Race on the soft compound Pirelli tyre, Crawford had made good progress from 10th to third position by the time he visited the pit lane on Lap 17.

The Mecachrome V6-turbo charged engine in his DAMS machine cut-out whilst in the pit box and the mechanics had to scramble to restart it.

Their efforts were unsuccessful, leaving Crawford and the team to rue what might have been.

“Today was frustrating with the issue during the pit stop,” Crawford said, adding: “we know we have good pace and can take that with us for the rest of the year.”

DAMS positive despite double DNF on Saturday

DAMS suffered a double DNF as Crawford’s team mate, Juan Manuel Correa, also failed to finish the Feature Race in Bahrain.

Correa, 24, saw his race also curtailed early with a technical problem on Lap 7.

He said it hadn’t been the easiest start to the season for him, having finished 12th in Friday’s Sprint Race.

“The gaps are so small here in Bahrain thanks to the recent Pre-Season Testing, but we didn’t get it right. Our goal in the races was to make up ground and continue to learn about the new car, which I think we did in the Sprint Race.

“The pace was ok, we know we have improvements to make and will look for better in Jeddah.”

DAMS Lucas Oil Team Owner, Charles Pic said beginning to season with a podium was ‘excellent’.

“We saw from testing that we have potential, and while qualifying wasn’t what we hoped for, Jak was able to take P10, giving him reverse-grid pole position for the Sprint Race. He made a good start and had solid pace throughout.

“It wasn’t enough for the win but to begin the season with a podium was excellent.

“Today was really frustrating with the two DNFs. Jak made a fantastic start on the soft tyres and we were in the mix for another podium before the issue.

“We know the pace is there and that we’re capable of scoring strong results, so we’ll re-focus for Jeddah and look for more next weekend.”

Zane Maloney went on to win Saturday’s Feature Race, ahead of Campos’ Pepe Martí, putting ‘The Boy from Barbados’ top of the Drivers’ Championship after the first round.

The series heads to Saudi Arabia for Round 2 on Thursday 7th March.

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