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D'Ambrosio praised over KERS-free display
10 September 2012
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier was quick to praise Jerome D'Ambrosio for doing an 'amazing job' on his one-off outing for the team at Monza.
The former Virgin Racing man was given the chance to make his debut for the team in the Italian Grand Prix after Romain Grosjean was handed a one-race ban for his role in the start-line shunt at Spa a week earlier.
Having qualified in 16th place, the Belgian racer was keen to try and push towards the top ten on race day but suffered a KERS failure on lap six that hindered him all the way to the chequered flag.
Despite that, he was pleased to get a race finish on the board having taken the finish in 13th spot.
“It was a pretty long and difficult race for me today,” he said. “After losing my KERS on lap six it was always going to be tough as that's worth about half a second per lap around here. I got a good start and was up fighting with Daniel [Ricciardo] and Nico [Rosberg], but once I lost that extra boost it was impossible to keep up and I dropped back.
“My last stint on the medium tyres in clean air was pretty good and I didn't make many mistakes, so maybe with a bit more luck we could have had a slightly better result. My main aim was to finish the race and I've achieved that so it's not so bad overall. It was great to be back in the car and especially with such a fantastic team; I've learnt a lot this weekend.”
With Boullier referring to the drive as amazing after his man was 'thrown in at the deep end', trackside operations director Alan Permane was also impressed by the display of the former GP2 racer.
“Jerome had one arm tied behind his back with a KERS failure very early in the race and KERS is worth a significant amount of time here,” he said. “He did a very credible job despite this, and his pace on the medium compound tyre in the second part of the race was pretty good. We now move to a circuit which we feel should really suit our car so we're looking forward to the fly-aways.”
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