The French outfit, double teams’ and drivers’ champions in 2013, is very pleased that its title winner has moved up to Formula 1 as Kevin Magnussen has been given a seat at McLaren in 2014. DAMS made its comeback to the World Series in 2012 and wasted no time in becoming a benchmark in the FR 3.5, which it intends to stay in the future. With this aim in mind, it has chosen a driver line-up for 2014 combining talent, dash and already quite a lot of experience with Norman Nato and Carlos Sainz Jr.
This weekend Carlos Sainz Jr, son of the former rally world champion, demonstrated that he has a strong character in addition to his sheer speed. He quickly got over his crushing disappointment in the first heat when he was sidelined by an electronic problem that prevented him from starting from thepole position of the grid. He put on a masterly demonstration on Sunday morning by clinching his second pole of the weekend, which he converted into a dominant victory finishing more than 10 seconds in front of the second-placed driver. Thus, the 2014 season has got off to a great start for DAMS, but with one small hiccup: Norman Nato’s failure to score points despite his fighting spirit.
DAMS is very pleased with the brilliant F1 debut of Kevin Magnussen, its 2013 FR 3.5 champion. However the French team is now looking forward to the new season with Norman Nato and Carlos Sainz Jr. It has just concluded the two pre-season test sessions (Motorland Aragon 25-27 February and Jerez 24-26 March), and is very satisfied with the overall result.
The new matador in FR 3.5 left the arena in Aragon under the well-deserved cheers of his public. Victory, another pole position and leader of the championship Carlos Sainz deserved the two ears in the Corrida. He also clinched a good result today (Sunday) although he was a bit slower by taking the points on offer showing a mature attitude. Norman Nato had two brilliant races, which were spoilt by poor positions on the grid. When he has overcome his qualifying problems DAMS will have the best pair of drivers in the field.
Norman Nato’s maiden win rounds off DAMS Monaco clean sweep!
The Russian round of the championship has always caused the Sarthe-based team a few headaches. 2014 was no exception although this time DAMS and Carlos Sainz, the leader in the drivers’ ratings, arrived at the Moscow Raceway with a good lead in terms of points. This proved very useful when it was time to tot up the points tally at the end of the meeting. Carlos Sainz’s sixth place on Sunday was good enough to help him maintain a comfortable 33-point advance over second-placed driver, Pierre Gasly. DAMS still has a solid margin of 32 points over Fortec in the teams’ championship.
The Sarthe team, which did not have a great weekend in Russia, was back on the winning trail in Germany thanks to Carlos Sainz, who reminded his rivals just who was boss on Saturday, by adding a pole position and a victory to his season’s tally, which helped him to maintain a comfortable advance in the championship (39 points) in spite of a collision that proved fatal to his hopes in race 2 on Sunday. As Norman Nato scored precious points on Sunday the DAMS team also has a good lead in the teams’ ratings.
DAMS emphasised the importance of fielding two world-class drivers at the top level of junior single-seater racing last weekend in Budapest (September 12-14) where Norman Nato put his fair share of bad luck behind him to claim a second Formula Renault 3.5 Series victory of the season.With the Le Mans-based squad’s championship leader, Carlos Sainz, finishing fourth and sixth at the Hungaroring, Nato’s perfectly timed win helped him fend off his team-mate’s chief title rival, Roberto Merhi, who is now just 16 points adrift of the Spaniard. Victory for the French outfit also extended their lead in the Teams’ standings to 48.
After an almost perfect weekend the Sarthe-based team and its Spanish driver have reaffirmed their role as boss in the FR 3.5 Series. Carlos Sainz racked up his sixth and seventh victories of the season plus his seventh pole position. His lead over his nearest rival, Roberto Merhi, is now 44 points before the final showdown in Jerez on home turf. His team-mate Norman Nato was again hit with bad luck coming away from Paul Ricard with a tenth place as his only reward. In the teams’ title chase DAMS leads its immediate pursuer by 66 points. Thus the French squad is looking forward to the final round brimful of confidence.
They did it! In front of his home crowd Carlos Sainz became the first Spanish – and first Red Bull – driver to win the Formula Renault 3.5 championship helping DAMS retain the two titles it won in 2013 in the series. The Le Mans-based team also owes a debt to Norman Nato whose points scored in Jerez were capital for victory in the teams’ championship. The French squad is the only team to have won the GP2 Series and F.R 3.5 Series titles, and this year it has achieved a unique feat by winning them both in the same season!