Formula 2 team DAMS has issued a stinging criticism of the championship organisers after their driver Dan Ticktum was disqualified following his victory in today’s sprint race.the stewards found there was too little fuel in his car to take a sample at the end of the race.
DAMS said Formula 2 were previously aware of a problem on the fuel tank on Ticktum’s car and those of other teams but failed to repair them.
“This fuel tank problem has been known to the championship organisers and their suppliers for several races,” said the team’s managing director Francois Sicard.
“The tank in Dan’s car was serviced three races ago, but we still had an issue. We had the right quantity of fuel for the race, in fact we put too much in as a safety margin and it’s a miracle we finished.”
The team’s other car, driven by Sean Gelael and Yuri Vips, has also suffered many problems, Sicard added.
“Over 12 races, the number one car had six did-not-finishes due to engine-related issues and now, like many other teams, we have problems with the fuel tank and our case has been the most extreme.
“We finished the race but the fuel leak meant we failed scrutineering for something that is totally unrelated to the driver, the team and the engineers, who did their jobs well and properly calculated the fuel quantity. This has deprived Dan and DAMS of a great victory having dominated the entire race, and I understand why he is as gutted as we are.”
Two other drivers, Yuki Tsunoda and Guanyu Zhou, suffered technical problems during today’s race.
“These issues cannot continue in such a championship with the budgets required to participate and be competitive,” said Sicard. “It is simply unacceptable.
“Every team on the grid has had far too many problems out of their control since the beginning of the season. Overall reliability is urgently needed.
“This is a very competitive championship which has the potential to be great, but it is now up to the organisers and their suppliers to solve all these issues once and for all.”
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