Jerome D’Ambrosio admits he faces a considerable challenge in taking over Romain Grosjean’s car in the Italian Grand Prix at short notice.
“It’s a massive challenge, especially because I’ve not driven much this year and Monza is a unique low downforce track,” said D’Ambrosio in a Q&A released by the team.
“But I don’t want to focus on what will be hard or difficult. I just want to focus on what I can achieve. It will be challenging but I am already part of the team, I know everyone and I will have great support from them to do the best I can.
“I will be focussed 100% to make full use of free practice because that could be the key for me this weekend.”
D’Ambrosio said he was informed of the team’s decision soon after the stewards handed down Grosjean’s one-race ban: “As soon as I got the call on Sunday night I drove back to Spa to speak with Ayao Komatsu who will be my race engineer. We checked my seat and talked through everything I need to know.
“I will be spending time in the simulator, fine tuning myself with all the procedures. And I’ll be speaking a lot with the engineers so I’m as prepared as I can be heading into first practice on Friday.”
“I’m definitely hoping for something better this year. My last real memory of Monza is from GP2 when I was on the podium. I’m going to be 100% focused to get a good result this year and am really looking forward to being on the grid watching the start lights.”
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