Pit stops spoil race (Virgin race review)

Hopes were high on Saturday after Timo Glock out-qualified the Lotuses but pit stop problems in the race frustrated Virgin.

Timo Glock Lucas di Grassi
Qualifying position 18 21
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’24.050 (-1.068) 1’25.118
Race position 16 18
Average race lap 1’30.973 (-1.802) 1’32.775
Laps 67/70 66/70
Pit stops 1 2

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Timo Glock

Glock was best of the new teams in qualifying and, as ever Nick Wirth cheered the result as a vindication of his project:

Geeks of the world ?ǣ rejoice! After the disappointment of not demonstrating Virgin Racing?s performance progress in Silverstone and Hockenheim, we have finally managed to have a relatively smooth weekend with the revised VR-01 and have regained our place at the top of the new teams. […]

Timo and his crew made a big step forward with the car overnight and we knew after his first run we were in good shape. His second run was another good step and he did a great job to give the team our best qualifying result since Shanghai.

From the outset, Virgin Racing has dared to be different and I want to thank all the team, our partners, sponsors and fans for keeping the faith this year in our unique digital development process. In the meantime, we?ll focus on a strong race performance from both cars tomorrow.
Nick Wirth

However he fell behind both Lotuses and his team mate at the start. That meant his pit stop during the safety car period was compromised.

He lost more time letting the leaders by and ultimately had to give best to the Lotuses.

Compare Timo Glock’s form against his team mate in 2010

Lucas di Grassi

Quick in final practice but damaged his car’s nose at the start of qualifying, leaving him behind the two Lotuses and his team mate.

He split the Lotuses at the start but a problem with his left-rear tyre during his pit stop meant he had to drive slowly around a lap and then pit again. He fell to last place but was able to overtake Sakon Yamamoto before the end of the race.

In clean air his lap times compared favourably with Glock’s.

Compare Lucas di Grassi’s form against his team mate in 2010

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6 comments on Pit stops spoil race (Virgin race review)

  1. Felipe Bomeny (@portugoose) said on 1st August 2010, 21:23

    I wish I could see Lucas in a better car…

    • US_Peter said on 2nd August 2010, 0:35

      I wish we could see Timo in a better car…

      • wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 2nd August 2010, 5:46

        Glock should be in a better car, he is a GP2 champion & was a driver for Toyota.If Petrov move from Renault at the end of the season then he can be fitted in his car for 2011.

  2. HounslowBusGarage (@hounslowbusgarage) said on 1st August 2010, 21:27

    “Geeks of the world – rejoice!”
    Do what, squire?
    The real geeks haven’t even noticed that it’s not winter any more, let alone that any particular racing team is less slow than any other.

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 2nd August 2010, 8:23

    Still i am glad Virgin is getting a move on it and starts to claw back at the advantage Lotus had in recent races. I want this to be a fight for 10th position, come on guys give us a fight on track.

  4. Patrickl said on 2nd August 2010, 11:57

    Lol, it’s like they are claiming victory after outqualifying Lotus.

    Still, I love virgin. They manage to do pretty well on what’s apparently about half the budget of Lotus.

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