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Nightmare start to Ericsson's big year

DAMS' general manager François Sicard admitted that the season opener at Sepang International Circuit had been a slightly disappointing start for the French squad and that they were not happy with the results that they achieved, but they weren't downcast as they embarked on the defence of their team championship title.

"It's mainly a question of circumstances," explained Sicard. "It all began in qualifying when the drivers couldn't get in a clear lap. In the race they showed their speed and they were able to save their tyres.

"We know how quick Marcus is, no doubt about that, and Stéphane proved over the weekend that he's capable of raising his game and fighting at the front," he added. "Overall, we're happy with the twelve points he scored for us as we came from a long way back. We're reassured about the car's performance. Now, we're going to work very hard to arrive in Bahrain in an even stronger position.”

"We've got the speed and I can't wait for the next race in Bahrain," agreed Richelmi.

The team and divers have four weeks to evaluate the data from round and fine-tune their approach before reconvening at Sakhir International Circuit for the second race weekend of 2013 from April 19 to 21.


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Stephane Richelmi (MON, Dams) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the Sunday`s sprint race in Malaysia. March 24 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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2015 GP2 Series Test 2 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Thursday 2 April 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Test 2 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Friday 3 April 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
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2015 GP2 Test 1 Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Tuesday 09 March 2015 Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) Photo: Jed Leicester/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Test 1 Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Tuesday 09 March 2015 Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) Photo: Jed Leicester/GP2 Series Media Service.
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