Sergio Sette Camara took the final Feature Race win of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 season from pole position under the floodlights in Abu Dhabi, sealing the teams’ championship for DAMS which the French squad has dedicated to its late founder Jean-Paul Driot. Formula 1-bound Nicholas Latifi led a double podium finish for the Le Mans-based outfit in the Sprint Race.

Sergio Sette Camara: “We were fastest in free practice and qualifying, and we had a good car for Saturday so I took my first Feature Race win. We progressed well from eighth on Sunday too, coming through the field to take a podium so it’s been a really strong weekend. I’m very happy with the teams’ title and I almost challenged Luca Ghiotto and Nicky for a higher position in the drivers’ championship but it just was not enough.”

Nicholas Latifi: “Coming into this weekend we had two big objectives: take the teams’ title and secure my vice champion position in the drivers’ standings so we’re extremely happy to do both. I got unlucky in qualifying with a yellow flag during my final lap, so we should have been higher up, but I was happy with my performance in the Feature Race. Sergio had priority for the pit stop because he was ahead so I lost some time and seventh was the best I could manage having come through the field. I hoped for a clean Sprint Race and I did just that to take second. This marks the end of my time in F2, and with DAMS after four years. Nothing could make me happier than playing a part in rewarding them with the teams’ championship in my final season. I wish Jean-Paul was here to see it and celebrate with us all. This one is for him and all the guys, they deserve it.”

François Sicard, DAMS Managing Director: “It’s been an extraordinary end to the season for the entire team. We had a great weekend, finishing 1-2 in practice and Sergio confirmed his pace in qualifying with an incredible pole. It was a magnificent Feature Race victory for him, fending off the drivers on the alternate strategy. Unfortunately, we had to stack our two drivers in the pit stop to avoid Nicky losing more time doing another lap with the high tyre wear, costing him 11 seconds. He did fantastically to finish seventh which put him on the front row for the Sprint Race. Both drove a strong race to claim another double podium for the team.

“It was clearly our objective to win the teams’ title, especially with the passing of Jean-Paul in the summer, and there is no better way to salute his memory than by sealing it in style with a victory. Many thanks to both drivers, finishing second and fourth in the drivers’ standings. They and the team did a fantastic job.

“A special word for Nicky, we raced together for the last time after four years together so this is very emotional. He’s been an exceptionally hard worker and we brought a lot to each other. He always believed in us and his vice champion status is thoroughly deserved. We wish him the best for the future, I am sure he will bring a lot to Williams in F1 next year.”

DAMS had a challenging FIA Formula 2 Championship weekend at Monza as contact in both races for Sergio Sette Camara and Nicholas Latifi denied the team potential podiums and a valuable opportunity to close the gap in the drivers’ championship.

Sergio Sette Camara: “It’s been a difficult weekend. I made a mistake in the Feature Race and received a time penalty so only scored fifth, there was definitely more on the table. Today I was hit from behind twice, first by Luca Ghiotto at the start and later he caused Nyck de Vries to give me a puncture. This is frustrating because we should have been on the podium. We didn’t get the most out of Monza, but the aim is to score maximum points in Sochi.”

Nicholas Latifi: “This weekend was a good opportunity to take some points out of the drivers’ championship lead as Nyck de Vries was excluded from qualifying. Unfortunately that wasn’t capitalised on. I had a collision on Saturday which lost me my front wing and the result meant I started 13th for the Sprint Race and undid the rest of the event. We need to take the lessons we’ve learned and come back stronger in Sochi.”

The 11th round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place in Sochi, Russia on 27-29 September.

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Following a severe incident on the second lap of the FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps yesterday, BWT Arden driver Anthoine Hubert sadly passed away.

Sauber Junior Team driver Juan Manuel Correa was hospitalised with serious injuries. Trident’s Giuliano Alesi escaped unharmed.

The FIA and Formula 2 have decided to cancel today’s Sprint Race, and a minute’s silence was held before the Formula 3 race and will be again before the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The entire DAMS team extend our condolences to Anthoine’s family and the BWT Arden team and wishes Juan Manuel a speedy recovery.

It was a strong weekend in terms of results for DAMS in Budapest, as Nicholas Latifi took victory in the feature race and Sergio Sette Camara added a podium in the sprint. Sadly, the event was overshadowed by the sad news of Jean-Paul Driot’s passing.

DAMS took its 10th podium of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 season in the Silverstone Feature Race with Nicholas Latifi, who scored further points in the Sprint Race and closed in on the drivers’ championship lead, while Sergio Sette Camara also added to the tally.

Nicholas Latifi: “Qualifying was a bit frustrating as we had some engine limiter issues that cost us a chance to be further up the grid, possibly fighting for pole. Still, fourth was not a bad place to start. A fun Feature Race with some good battles fighting for the lead, unfortunately we just didn’t have the overall pace to push for it so I was disappointed for myself and the team because I was hoping to bring home a win. We had a good start to the Sprint Race, being quite aggressive as well but I damaged my tyres in the first two laps and from then I was hanging on to the end. It was a very difficult race to manage, so I’m happy to score points but even if we couldn’t move forward more.”

 

Sergio Sette Camara: “It’s not the event we expected. We had the car to fight for pole and in the Feature Race battled for the quickest laps and pace, but we’ve left Silverstone with only 14 points so it’s a shame for the team. I’m not happy with the weekend, we need to make fewer mistakes in Hungary and come back stronger.”

The eighth round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 2-4 August.

 

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Sergio Sette Camara took his first victory of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, while Nicholas Latifi scored vital points to keep DAMS at the top of the teams’ standings.

Sergio Sette Camara: “It was an up and down weekend. It started with a really bad qualifying, it’s still a mystery why we could comfortably take pole position on one track and have no pace on the next. The Feature Race was not a good day for me and the team. We could have had both cars on the podium, but we didn’t extract the potential due to a mistake I made when I touched Nicky and compromised the result of the team, spinning him and getting a penalty. But the reaction was not negative as Nicky and DAMS have forgiven me. The Sprint Race was brilliant, my first win in a long time which brings a breath of fresh air and confidence. We’re in a good position in the championship and it’s positive energy that we need to keep going forward.”

Nicholas Latifi: “The weekend started off not so bad in practice, just two tenths off in fourth. In qualifying we didn’t maximise our potential in sixth. It was really close to the front of the field so maybe I could have done a better lap. There isn’t much to say about the Feature Race, contact ruined the weekend for me. I got spun round and dropped to last, managed to recover to ninth so we definitely had the pace to fight for the podium at least. It also meant I started further back for the Sprint Race and there isn’t much you can do with the quick guys in front of you.”

The seventh round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place at Silverstone, Great Britain on 12-14 July.

 

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