D'Ambrosio content with F1 re-introduction
7 September 2012 – Jérôme d’Ambrosio returned to the F1 track as a race driver on Friday, substituting for the banned Romain Grosjean at Monza. Staying out of trouble before ending his day with several practice pit-stops, the Lotus reserve finished up in 12th position.
“It feels good to be back in the car, that’s for sure,” the Belgian, who is half Italian, told reporters in the paddock.
“It’s not easy, lots of things to take in, but we made steady progress between FP1 and FP2. Hopefully we can make more progress tomorrow, so hopefully we can just stay cool and do a steady job. So far it has been good.”
Ending his day sandwiched by the two Red Bulls, d’Ambrosio – who has only driven the E20 once before – was six tenths of a second off team-mate Kimi Räikkönen.