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Disappointing WS weekend for DAMS.

The DAMS' team's poor World Series by Renault weekend failed to improve after losing Alx Danielsson to injury during qualifying, with rookie Pastor Maldonado failing to score in either of Sunday's races.

Although Danielsson was discharged from hospital in time to return to the team to watch both races, the Swede was unable to race due to the fractured ankle he received in a first qualifying accident - and was unable to sufficiently raise team-mate Maldonado for the Venezuelan to open his account in the senior Renault Sport series. It was also confirmed that Danielsson will not be back in action in time for the one-off Monaco race later this month, with the Valencia round after that still tentative.

After the disappointment of qualifying, DAMS still had high hopes for good race results, despite running only the inexperienced Maldonado. However, luck proved to be in short supply in either race, and the Venezuelan failed to see the chequered flag. Hampered by a lack of speed in race one, his efforts eventually led to him spinning off, while, in the longer pit-stop race, he struggled with oversteer in the right-hand corners and, although he had the opportunity to score points, eventually lost control of the car when lying seventh. The team is now investigating the cause of the problem, which may lie with the tyres.

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Pastor Maldonado - DAMS
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