It isn’t the way it usually plays out in your dreams when standing on the top step of the podium for the first time. But you take it whatever way it comes – 25 points is the same whether winning the race at the chequered flag or hours after the original result.
Jerome D’Ambrosio sat in the post-race press conference happy to pick up his first podium finish but his smile grew wider after news Lucas di Grassi was excluded from the final classification in Berlin for running a modified front wing. Despite not being able to celebrate the occasion with the team and enjoy the parade lap as the winner, D’Ambrosio was happy to finally utilise the pace of his Dragon Racing car.
“It was a great weekend for us overall. I think in the last four races we’ve had the pace to be on the podium but we didn’t always manage to put it all together in the race,” said D’Ambrosio. “This time we did it and it paid off! Not only am I happy about the result but I’m happy about the pace we’ve shown, which is important for the final run to the finish of the season. Of course Lucas got excluded but you have to have the pace to be up there and have a chance. We had the pace to fight for a win but it’s just came in slightly more unexpected circumstances.”
He added: “It was shame we couldn’t celebrate the win at the time but instead hear the news delayed and not to be able to stand on the top step of the podium. It’s great for the team though as we had two drivers on the podium for the first time. It’s a pity we didn’t get to experience the occasion but I’m sure we can do the same again soon.”
Following the double podium finish in Berlin with Loic Duval promoted to third, Dragon Racing now sit second in the team standings vaulting above Audi Sport ABT, Virgin Racing, NEXTEV TCR and Andretti.