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D’Ambrosio cleared to race

Jerome D'Ambrosio cleared to compete in the Canadian Grand Prix
Jerome D'Ambrosio has been cleared to race in the Canadian Grand Prix despite failing to set a time with 107 per cent of the best Q1 time in qualifying in Montreal.

The Virgin Racing driver was slowest in the session and could only manage the slowest time having been left on the back foot after an accident in the second free practice session on Friday.

Luckily, the Belgian had set a time in FP1 which was quick enough to persuade stewards to allow him to take his place on the grid, ensuring a full field of cars will take part in the race.

"It's been a tough 24 hours since my crash yesterday - both for me and the team,” he said. “Getting the car built overnight and running again was a huge task for the guys but only half the battle as we then had just this morning's free practice session to try to arrive at a setup that would enable us to qualify. In the end it wasn't enough and I'm just very disappointed for myself and the team to have missed out.

“The car felt completely different to yesterday and clearly Timo's time is more representative of what we should have achieved in qualifying. I am very appreciative of the fact that the stewards have permitted me to race and I'm now focusing on tomorrow."

Team principal John Booth also welcomed the stewards decision to allow D'Ambrosio to take part in the race.

"Despite the fact that Jerome failed to qualify today we are grateful to the stewards for permitting him to race, having considered that he did set a suitable lap time during a free practice session, that he has consistently met the criteria under Article 36.3 this season and the extent of the overnight repairs required by the damage incurred in Free Practice 2,” he said. “After the disappointment of qualifying it is both a relief and a justifiable reward to the mechanics for their substantial efforts through the night. It will be a tough race for him having been so unhappy with the car this morning so we will spend the evening looking at what we can do to help him have a better race."

Team-mate Timo Glock qualified in 24th place.

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Nick - Unregistered

June 12, 2011 9:00 AM

Thats a good decision from the stewards, If we are to get new blood into F1 drives they need all the track time they can get, good luck to Jerome and to Virgin for giving him a chance. Its a pity the other bottom teams Lotus and HRT never gave new young drivers a chance.

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