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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]
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
The car of Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) is retrieved after a first lap accident at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with team mate Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) celebrates after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with his father Jonathan after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) sprays champagne on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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