DAMS

Name: DAMS (Driot Associes Motorsport)
Founded: 1988
Based: Ruaudin, France
Founders: Jean-Paul Driot and Rene Arnoux
Team Principal: Francois Sicard
Car Numbers: 1 and 2
Current Drivers: Sean Gelael and Dan Ticktum

History
DAMS joined the International Formula 3000 Championship the year after its foundation in which they remained until 2001. They were one of the many French teams that were part of the Elf Young Driver Sponsorship program. DAMS also had plans to join the F1 World Championship in 1996 but a lack of funding prevented this advancement. DAMS also took part in preparing and racing cars in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. DAMS have collected 15 Drivers Titles, 15 Team Titles and 169 Race Victories in their time with 32 of their drivers reaching Formula One. Their victories are spread across a total of ten different single-seater series. After the passing of founder Jean-Paul Driot, his sons Olivier and Gregory now run the team.

Notable Drivers
– Romain Grosjean
– Davide Valsecchi
– Jolyon Palmer
– Kevin Magnussen
– Pierre Gasly
– Carlos Sainz
– Alexander Albon
– Nicholas Latifi

FIA Formula 2
In 2005, DAMS moves into the new GP2 Series, winning the first race with Jose Maria Lopez. They also took home wins with driver Nicolas Lapierre. DAMS were associated with the Toyota Drivers Programme from the years 2006 to 2009, taking on Kazuki Nakajima in 2007 who finished 5th in the championship and raced in the last Formula One Grand Prix of the season with Williams. In 2008, he was replaced by Kamui Kobayashi. 2009 marked DAMS first series win in GP2 with Kamui Kobayashi in first and Jerome d’Ambrosio second in the GP2 Asia Series Championship. Kobayashi and d’Ambrosio stayed for two years yet neither were able to remain consistent.

Following into 2011 and 2012, DAMS claimed a back to back drivers’ championships’ with Romain Grosjean winning in 2011 and Davide Valsecchi winning the latter. In 2014, DAMS won both the teams’ and drivers’ championships with Jolyon Palmer. DAMS headed into the 2015 season with Red Bull Junior Team driver Pierre Gasly who now races with Alpha Tauri in Formula One. His partner, 2014 GP3 Champion Alex Lynn took his first GP2 victory in the Barcelona Sprint with Gasly joining him on the podium in third.

After a successful few years in GP2, DAMS entered the new FIA Formula 2 Championship where they claimed their first teams’ title in 2019 after taking third back to back in 2017 and 2018. Across the three years, DAMS managed to take home 14 wins across the two years with Formula One driver Alexander Albon taking home four wins and third in the championship in 2018 and Nicholas Latifi racking up six wins across his three years at DAMS, finishing second in the 2019 championship.

2020 FIA Formula 2 Season

Pre-Season Bahrain Testing 2020

After winning the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Season, DAMS will be racing car numbers One and Two with two new drivers for the season, with previous driver Nicholas Latifi moving into Formula One to race with Williams and Sergio Sette Camara remaining with no announced plans as of yet. Gelael will be leaving Prema to spend his fourth year in F2 racing with DAMS while Ticktum has some experience in F2 after spending two races with BWT Arden in 2018.