Brazil

Last Race: 09th Nov Brazil

Brazil GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Felipe Massa

D'Ambrosio: So Far, so good

Saturday 8th September 2012

Share:

D'Ambrosio: So Far, so good

D'Ambrosio: So Far, so good

Jerome D'Ambrosio concedes it won't be easy grabbing a top-ten grid slot at Monza as he makes his F1 return with Lotus.

The Belgian driver is in action at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix in a one-off, replacing the banned Romain Grosjean.

His first day back saw the Lotus test driver finish 12th on Friday with a 1:26.157, which was less than a second short of the day's P1 time.

"I think it was a fairly good day, definitely not an easy one with lots of things to do. Coming here in Monza, it's a low downforce track, it's definitely a challenge. I'd say so far, so good definitely," he said.

"We made steady progress between FP1 and FP2 so that's important for me. I'll stay relaxed and just try to do the best that I can.

"It's not after two sessions, especially here at Monza, that you have a full understanding of the car. I have to fine tune it as well to my driving, there's a bit of work on that, which we've really improved between the two sessions.

"Monza is a low downforce track, so the cars are always more nervous, a bit more difficult to drive but that's a good challenge. I love being here: it's a great track, you can really feel the speed of an F1 car."

However, D'Ambrosio admits it won't be easy securing a top grid slot in Saturday's qualifying due to the nature of the Monza track.

"I think it's one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, tracks to nail a lap because of the rhythm: you have long straights and few corners. You never really pick a rhythm.

"Braking points have to be right; you have more information and an estimation of where to do it but once you get them wrong, the whole corner is wrong. It's not like a semi-fast corner where you can manage to go round it."

The Beginning Of The End

Editor's Picks

NTF1News: Disney Movie

NTF1News: Disney Movie

Among news items this week, tales of the Honey Badger, plus Disney's new movie about the engine row - Un-Frozen...

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg kept his lock-ups to a minimum as Turn 4 came back to haunt Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos...

Winners And Losers: US GP

Winners And Losers: US GP

It was a gripping race in the Lone Star state with a clinical victory for Lewis Hamilton to make it five wins in a row...

Button 'Not Fearful' Of Alonso

Button 'Not Fearful' Of Alonso

Jenson Button says he would have no problem partnering Fernando Alonso at McLaren as "nothing scares" him...

Alonso's Ferrari Highs & Lows

Alonso's Ferrari Highs & Lows

Fernando Alonso is on his way out at Ferrari, but there have been plenty of highlights and low points...