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DAMS sets line-up for 2014 GP2 season

DAMS has decided on its GP2 driver line-up for 2014, which will see the French squad retain Stéphane Richelmi and bring in Jolyon Palmer to complete alongside him.
DAMS has names Stéphane Richelmi and Jolyon Palmer as its drivers for 2014 in the GP2 Series.

"I'm delighted to welcome Jolyon with whom we've been in contact for a long time and who had a great second half in the 2013 season," said team principal Jean-Paul Driot on Friday of the decision to hire the 22-year-old Briton, who this year raced with Carlin after previous stints with Arden and iSport.

"I'm also very pleased to keep Stéphane with us, and I'm convinced that all the work we did with him this year will pay off in 2014," continued Driot, confirming that the 23-year-old from Monaco would return for a second season with the team.

"The experience and the evenly-matched capacities of these two drivers will enable us to fight at the front in the 2014 championship," Driot added.

2013 did not live up to the team's high hopes and expectations after two seasons in which their drivers Romain Grosjean and Davide Valsecchi clinched the drivers title in 2011 and 2012 respectively. This year, the team and its drivers did not feature at the top of either the driver or team championship battles.

"Our 2013 season was less fruitful than the two previous ones, but DAMS is still a top team and our hunger for victories and titles is greater than ever," insisted Driot.

The team admitted that this year's disappointment was "due mainly to poor results in the first half of the season" which saw Marcus Ericsson pick up only four points from a solitary pole position, but which finished strongly with the Swede claiming victory in the Nurburgring feature race followed by four more podium positions in the backend of the season at Hungary, Spa, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

Ericsson went on to finish in sixth place after effectively half a season's worth of races, helping DAMS to a late charge to fourth in the constructors championship, but the renaissance for the team came too late to put them into title contention.

Today's news means that Ericsson will not return to the team in 2014. Rumours this week have linked the 23-year-old with a possible F1 race seat with Caterham for next season.

Richelmi said that he was delighted to be returning to DAMS in 2014 and hoped that the continuity would allow him to carry forward everything that he's learned this season into a successful title run next year.




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Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Dams) during Friday practice at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Dams) during Friday practice at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Stephane Richelmi (MON, Dams) after the Saturday feature race at Silverstone, Britain on June 29 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stephane Richelmi (MON, Dams) after Friday qualifying at Silverstone, Britain on June 28 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his victory on the podium after the Singapore feature race - Saturday, September 21 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, Carlin) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/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.)
Daniel Abt (GER, Hilmer Motorsport), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Artem Markelov (RUS, RT RUSSIAN TIME) at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) battle for the lead at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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