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D'Ambrosio allowed to race

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Jerome d'Ambrosio was set back by a crash in practice © Sutton Images

Jerome d'Ambrosio has been given permission to take part in tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix despite qualifying outside the 107% time.

D'Ambrosio was the only driver not to make the 107% cut off time during qualifying, as his lap of 1:19.414 was half a second shy of the 1:18.989 target. Having had an accident in FP2 on Friday d'Ambrosio was forced to use a new chassis on Saturday which affected his competitiveness.

With the evolving track seeing lap times constantly lowering, he had yet to set a time within the 107% limit, although his team-mate Glock was comfortably inside it, and the stewards took all of those factors in to account before clearing him to race. D'Ambrosio said it had been tough to drive a "completely different" car, and thanked the stewards for their decision.

"It's been a tough 24 hours since my crash yesterday - both for me and the team," d'Ambrosio. "Getting the car built overnight and running again was a huge task for the guys but only half the battle as we then had just this morning's free practice session to try to arrive at a setup that would enable us to qualify. In the end it wasn't enough and I'm just very disappointed for myself and the team to have missed out.

"The car felt completely different to yesterday and clearly Timo's time is more representative of what we should have achieved in qualifying. I am very appreciative of the fact that the Stewards have permitted me to race and I'm now focusing on tomorrow."

Team principal John Booth said that d'Ambrosio was not helped by the team's approach by going for a wet setup for qualifying and the race, but that he hoped it would prove to be the right one on Sunday.

"We've seen quite a few varying weather forecasts over the last few days and on Friday afternoon, when deciding on the ratios we would run for the rest of the weekend, we opted to use our high downforce rear wing as at the time weather forecasts for Saturday and Sunday indicated a chance of rain.

Overnight these forecasts changed slightly to say the qualifying session would be dry so we knew it would always be tough for us in these conditions. As they always say you can never predict the weather and the latest forecasts are suggesting that the conditions may swing back in our favour."

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