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D'Ambrosio eyeing first point

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Jerome d'Ambrosio: "I would be happy with my weekend if I could go and get a point or more" © Sutton Images
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Jerome d'Ambrosio is confident he can move forward from his 15th place grid position at the Italian Grand Prix and is eyeing his first point in Formula One.

D'Ambrosio is substituting for the banned Romain Grosjean at Lotus this weekend in what will be his first race since the Brazilian Grand Prix last year with Virgin. He qualified 16th on Saturday but moved forwards a place on the grid thanks to Pastor Maldonado's penalty and is confident he will be more competitive in the race.

"I think definitely we expect to be better in the race, but again, it's going to be my first race this year and it'll be the first time I do a really long stint with the tyres," he said. "It's the first start since Brazil last year and again there are a lot of things I don't know and that I will face during the race and I will have to deal with them as they come. I think I can hope for something a little bit better in the race."

He said the first objective would be to finish at Monza, but he is also eyeing a finish in the top ten.

"I think in itself the start should be okay, but definitely the first corner is one to watch in Monza," he added. "I think it's important for me clearly to finish the race tomorrow - that's point A for me and for the team - and then I think I would be happy with my weekend if I could go and get a point or more."