Virgin Racing have run their VR-01 for the first time at Silverstone.
See below for pictures of Timo Glock driving the car around the Stowe circuit.
Update: Pictures of Lucas di Grassi’s Friday test in the VR-01 added.
It’s the first chance for the team to see if their VR-01, designed without wind tunnel testing, behaves the same way in real life that computer simulations predicted.
The team will conduct a longer test tomorrow with Lucas di Grassi getting his first taste of the car.
After that they will join the other teams for the second group test at Jerez on Wednesday.
Meanwhile there are rumours Portugal’s Alvaro Parente will lose his place as the team’s third driver after a sponsorship deal fell through. That would leave Luiz Razia as the team’s sole reserve driver.
See more pictures of the Virgin VR-01: Virgin Racing VR-01 launch pictures
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