Virgin achieved their first race finish thanks to Lucas di Grassi – but they might have got both cars home had Timo Glock not crashed out.
Nonetheless technical director Nick Wirth was pleased the team had finally seen the chequered flag:
We’ve come in for heavy criticism for our radical low-cost design approach and relative inexperience in F1, which makes our performance throughout the weekend all the more satisfying. Finishing our first Grand Prix as the leading new team will give us lots of information and we’ve got some clear direction on issues to address for Shanghai, which will allow us to perform better all round, without distracting us too much from the bigger Barcelona upgrade. So once again, well done to everyone at Virgin Racing and we now looking forward to building on this platform.
|Timo Glock||Lucas di Grassi|
|Qualifying time||1’52.398 (-7.579)||1’59.977|
|Average race lap||1’58.423 (+10.81)||1’47.613|
Got out early in the wet Q1 and set a time quick enough to secure his passage through to Q2 for the first time this year.
Fell behind Jarno Trulli in the first-lap scramble and spun trying to pass the Lotus at turn nine on the second lap. The anti-stall failed to cut in on his engine and Glock’s race was over.
Lucas di Grassi
Work on di Grassi’s VR-01 before qualifying over-ran, meaning he wasn’t able to get out in time for the driest part of the session, which is how he ended up last on the grid, 2.7s slower than Bruno Senna’s HRT.
In the race Di Grassi lost his front wing endplate when he was clipped by Heikki Kovalainen as the Lotus driver tried a pass at turn four.
Nonetheless he brought his car home 14th, three laps down, for Virgin’s first classified finish.