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Big gains for d'Ambrosio.

Jerome d'Ambrosio proved to be the big winner from the latest round of the GP2 Asia Series after claiming a pair of podiums in Bahrain.

Although the Belgian has been largely overshadowed by championship leading DAMS team-mate Kamui Kobayashi so far this season, d'Ambrosio proved he remains an outside bet for the title after adding 12 points to his points tally this weekend.

Following Kobayashi home in second place during the feature race, despite losing several seconds at the start following a poor getaway, d'Ambrosio out raced the Japanese driver in the sprint event, overtaking him as he charged his way up from eighth to an eventual third place.

Marking a big step forward for the inaugural International Formula Master Champion, d'Ambrosio, was delighted with his performance in the sprint race, particularly when he overtook Nico Hulkenberg for third on the final lap.

“Today was a great race,” he said. “I had a difficult start and I lost a position. I managed to stay quite cool and relaxed. I pushed all the way through and every time I saw an opportunity to overtake, I would just go for it. Inside, outside, whichever way that worked! I believed until the end that I could catch Nico and I did it. So I was quite happy.”

Up to fourth in the standings, albeit 18 points adrift of Kobayashi, d'Ambrosio admits he doesn't want to think about the title, despite having the edge on his rival this weekend.

“This week was a big step for me. After the winter break, to come back and be the best performer of the race weekend… I've worked hard to approach the weekend differently than I used to do. It worked much better and now I've improved and I have to keep that momentum.

“I don't want to focus on the championship now or talk about it. We're only half way through. There's still a lot of work to do. I take race after race and if I continue like that, for sure I will be able to fight for the championship. We'll add the points after the last race here in Bahrain.”


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Jerome D`Ambrosio - DAMS [pic credit: GP2 Series Media]
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2015 GP2 Series Round 6. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
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2015 GP2 Series Round 6. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Trident) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 6. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) & Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 6. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) celebrates in parc ferme. Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 6. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
015 GP2 Series Round 6. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 6. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) crosses the line and takes the chequered flag and the win. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 4. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) celebrates on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 4. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) celebrates on the podium with Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 4. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) celebrates on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 4. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) celebrates in parc ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 4. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International), locks a wheel leading Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Carlin), Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service

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