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Jérôme d'Ambrosio
Jerome d Ambrosio
Driver Details
Nationality Flag of Belgium Belgian
Date of Birth 27 December 1985[1]
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2014 Beijing ePrix
Championships 0
Wins 2
First Win 2015 Berlin ePrix
Former Teams Unknown
Formula E Career
Total Entries 45 (45 Starts)
Poles 2
Fastest Laps 0
Total Points 209
FanBoosts 1
Current Season
Team Flag of the United States Dragon Racing
Number Standings Points
7 14th 27
Jérôme d'Ambrosio, born 27 December 1985, is a Belgian racing driver who will compete in the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship for Dragon Racing.[1] d'Ambrosio became the seventh different winner of an ePrix when he took victory at the 2015 Berlin ePrix, and was one of six drivers to go into the season finale at the end of the 2014/15 season with a mathematical chance of winning the title.[2]

d'Ambrosio would resign for Dragon Racing for the second FE season, and would inherit another victory at the 2016 Mexico City ePrix.[3] The Belgian would once again sign up with Dragon Racing for the third FE tour, although it was a season of strife, with d'Ambrosio only claiming a few points finishes.[4]

Despite the disappointment of season three, d'Ambrosio once again signed for Dragon Racing ahead of the 2017/18 season, getting a new teammate in the form of Neel Jani.[5] Ultimately, d'Ambrosio would miss the heights of his previous FE campaigns, although he did score a podium spot in Zürich.[6]

BackgroundEdit

d'Ambrosio started his career in go-karts at the age of twelve, claiming three major titles during his time.[1] He moved up to the Belgian Formula Renault Championship in 2003, before getting himself onto the Renault F1 Driver Development Programme for 2004.[7] 2005 saw him move to the Italian version of Formula Renault, before his career took off, entering the Euroseries 3000, Formula Masters and the GP2 Series over the next three years.[7]

d'Ambrosio obtained a drive with Virgin Racing in 2011 in Formula One, having tested for them the season before.[7] A best finish of fourteenth came from his debut year, although he could not find a race seat for the following year.[7] d'Ambrosio raced once in 2012, stepping in for the banned Romain Grosjean in Italy for Lotus F1, finishing his career best of thirteenth.[7] d'Ambrosio opted to drive for the Bentley team in the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2014, before being announced as a driver for Dragon Racing in Formula E.[7]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Dragon Racing announced that d'Ambrosio would join Mike Conway in two of their four Spark-Renault SRT-01Es for the 2014/15 season.[1] Conway's departure before Beijing saw Oriol Servià join d'Ambrosio in the team, with the pair scoring at every round except the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix. Servia was later became a director in the team, leaving d'Ambrosio alongside Loïc Duval for the 2015 Miami ePrix.[8]

Although consistently a point scorer, d'Ambrosio did not show his true pace until the 2015 Berlin ePrix, where he initially finished second behind Lucas di Grassi.[2] The Brazilian, however, was excluded from the result, leaving d'Ambrosio to claim his first win, and rocket into title contention.[2] He then had a poor race in Moscow to all but end his realistic title hopes before the London double header, before exiting the title fight in the First London ePrix, despite finishing second.[9] He repeated this feat during the Sunday race, battling with eventual race winner Sam Bird, and team mate Duval throughout, finishing the season in fourth place overall.[10]

The Venturi DragonEdit

Resigned along with Duval, d'Ambrosio would have to use the Venturi VM200-FE-01 for the 2015/16 season, although it would be the Belgian who ended up fastest of the quartet at the 2015 Donington Test.[11] Yet, at the season opener in Beijing, it would be his teammate Duval who emerged as the best Venturi runner, a result repeated in Putrajaya.[12] Indeed, d'Ambrosio would only get to one up Duval at the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix by scoring a podium and a maiden pole position, before the Frenchman extended his advantage again at the following round.[13]

Yet, the tide in the Dragon fight would turn when d'Ambrosio inherited victory at the 2016 Mexico City ePrix, the Belgian once again benefitting from a disqualification for di Grassi.[14] It was his second pole of the season too, but the inconsistency returned at the following round, with d'Ambrosio only scoring eight points between Mexico and the season finale in London. Indeed, d'Ambrosio would have to fight his way onto the podium to ensure that he beat Duval in the inter-team honours at the season ending 2016 London ePrix II, although they would duel for the final podium spot throughout the race.[15]

Penske PromisesEdit

Once again, Dragon Racing would retain d'Ambrosio and Duval for the 2016/17 season, although the two French speakers would be helping to develop a brand new car for the Championship.[4] Penske had been persuaded by Dragon Racing to build them a car, and when d'Ambrosio and Duval recorded consistent top ten times at the 2016 Donington Test, it seemed as if the gamble to leave Venturi had paid off, although Duval had got the better of d'Ambrosio in their private battle.

The pre-season promise seemed to have paid off at the 2016 Hong Kong ePrix, with d'Ambrosio claiming his first points of the season at the opening race.[16] After a non-score in Marrakech, d'Ambrosio claimed another handful of points in Buenos Aires.[17] However, that would be it for d'Ambrosio until the series headed to North America, with the Belgian failing to score in any of the European based rounds.

Indeed, d'Ambrosio would have to wait until the second New York ePrix to add another point to his tally, tenth place and a single point the result from an afternoon of battles.[18] A near miss in the first Montreal ePrix, followed, before d'Ambrosio claimed another two points at the season finale, the second Montreal ePrix.[19]

Dragon's DarlingEdit

Dragon, despite a poor third season, opted to retain d'Ambrosio for the 2017/18 season, partnering him with Porsche protege Neel Jani ahead of the German firm's plunge into Formula E from 2019/20.[5] Unfortunately for d'Ambrosio the start of his fourth FE campaign would not go well, with the Belgian racer retiring at the opening race in Hong Kong with damage.[20] Two low-key performances in the second Hong Kong and Marrakech E-Prix followed, before the Belgian claimed his first points of the season with eighth in Santiago.[21]

Another non-score followed in Mexico City, before d'Ambrosio battled to a ninth place finish in Punta del Este.[22] Another points finish in Rome a month later suggested that d'Ambrosio had finally returned to form, only for his pace to disappear in both Paris and Berlin.[23] Indeed, d'Ambrosio's inconsistent form meant that many were questioning his future with Dragon, with the Belgian racer himself considering his options.[24]

However, having revealed that he was likely to leave Dragon at the end of the season, d'Ambrosio would put in his best performance since season two in Zürich, claiming a surprise podium.[6] Indeed, that podium result, which had seen d'Ambrosio run in the points for most of the race, seemed to kick the Belgian racer into gear, with the Belgian subsequently making it into the Super Pole shootout for the penultimate race in New York City.[25] Unfortunately a poor start to the race would see d'Ambrosio slam into the back of teammate José María López into the first corner, putting both at the back of the field.[25]

The Belgian racer's season would then come to a miserable conclusion in the second New York E-Prix, being taken out by an errant Luca Filippi as the Italian was spun into the Dragon by António Félix da Costa.[26]

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Jérôme d'Ambrosio's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Jérôme d'Ambrosio during their FE career:

Jérôme d'Ambrosio's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2014/15 Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 7 Spark-Renault SRT_01E 3rd 113
2015/16 Flag of the United States Dragon Racing[11] 7 Venturi VM200-FE-01 5th 83
2016/17 Flag of the United States Faraday Future Dragon Racing[4] 7 Penske 701-EV 18th 13
2017/18 Flag of the United States Dragon Racing[5] 7 Penske EV-2 14th 27

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Jérôme d'Ambrosio's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 3rd 113
6th 5th 8th 15th 4th 6th 5th 1st 11th 2nd 2nd
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 5th 83
5th 14th 3rd 16th 1st 7th 11th 16th CAN 9th 3rd
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 18th 13
7th 13th 8th 14th Ret Ret 14th 13th Ret 10th 11th 9th
2017/18 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Uruguay Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 14th 27
Ret 15th 15th 8th 11th 9th 7th 12th 19th 3rd 13th Ret

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 'Drivers' Club: Jerome d'Ambrosio', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/drivers-club/jerome-dambrosio.aspx, (Accessed 02/07/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Di Grassi excluded from DHL Berlin ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/05/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/di-grassi-excluded-from-dhl-berlin-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 23/05/2015)
  3. 'Di Grassi stripped of Mexico win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/03/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/march/di-grassi-stripped-of-mexico-win.aspx, (Accessed 13/03/2016)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Scott Douglas, 'DRAGON KEEP D’AMBROSIO AND DUVAL FOR SEASON THREE: Dragon Racing will field an unchanged line-up for season three of Formula E', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 03/07/2016), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2016/07/dragon-keep-dambrosio-duval-season-three/, (Accessed 08/07/2016)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 'Neel Jani Joins Faraday Future Dragon Racing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/08/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/august/neel-jani-joins-faraday-future-dragon-racing/, (Accessed 25/08/2017)
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Zur18R
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 'Jérôme d'Ambrosio', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 01/07/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%A9r%C3%B4me_d%27Ambrosio, (Accessed 02/07/2015)
  8. 'Duval gets Dragon seat for Miami', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/03/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/duval-gets-dragon-seat-for-miami.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
  9. 'Buemi’s stroll in the park', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/buemi-wins-as-edams-renault-clinch-team-title.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  10. 'Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/bird-hails-unbelievable-end-to-season.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  11. 11.0 11.1 'Jerome D’Ambrosio to remain at Dragon next season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/07/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/july/jerome-d-ambrosio-to-remain-at-dragon-next-season.aspx, (Accessed 24/07/2015)
  12. 'Buemi to the max in Beijing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/buemi-wins-swusp-beijing-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
  13. 'Buemi back on top', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/december/buemi-back-on-top.aspx, (Accessed 25/12/2015)
  14. 'Di Grassi stripped of Mexico win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/03/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/march/di-grassi-stripped-of-mexico-win.aspx, (Accessed 13/03/2016)
  15. 'BUEMI WINS TITLE AFTER SPECTACULAR FINALE: VISA FASTEST LAP ENDS UP DECIDING THE 2015/16 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/buemi-wins-title-after-spectacular-finale/, (Accessed 04/07/2016)
  16. 'Buemi holds on in Hong Kong', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/10/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/october/buemi-holds-on-in-hong-kong/, (Accessed 09/10/2016)
  17. 'Buemi becomes hat-trick hero in Buenos Aires', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 18/02/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/february/buemi-becomes-hat-trick-hero-in-buenos-aires/, (Accessed 19/02/2017)
  18. 'Bird flies high with New York double', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/bird-flies-high-with-new-york-double/, (Accessed 17/07/2017)
  19. 'Vergne victorious, Di Grassi wins title', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/vergne-victorious-di-grassi-wins-title/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)
  20. 'Bird clinches victory in Hong Kong', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/bird-clinches-victory-in-hong-kong/, (Accessed 16/12/2017)
  21. 'Vergne steals the show in epic Santiago E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/02/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/february/vergne-steals-the-show-in-epic-santiago-e-prix/, (Accessed 03/02/2018)
  22. 'JEV holds off di Grassi in battle for Punta del Este', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/03/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/march/jev-holds-off-di-grassi-in-battle-for-punta-del-este/, (Accessed 17/03/2018)
  23. 'Abt leads Audi one-two win at home race in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/may/abt-leads-audi-one-two-win-at-home-race-in-berlin/, (Accessed 19/05/2018)
  24. Sam Smith, 'D’Ambrosio Set for Dragon Exit', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 21/05/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/dragon-exit-for-dambrosio/, (Accessed 19/07/2018)
  25. 25.0 25.1 'Di Grassi victorious as Vergne clinches championship crown', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/di-grassi-victorious-as-vergne-clinches-championship-crown/, (Accessed 15/07/2018)
  26. 'Champion Vergne victorious as Audi scoops the teams' title in New York finale', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/champion-vergne-victorious-as-audi-scoops-the-teams-title-in-new-york-finale/, (Accessed 16/07/2018)