Glock shines (Virgin race review)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Timo Glock was in fine form all weekend in Singapore but his race was scuppered by the safety car.

Timo Glock Lucas di Grassi
Qualifying position 18 20
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’50.721 (-0.386) 1’51.107
Race position 15
Average race lap 2’02.971 (+1.411) 2’01.560
Laps 49/61 59/61
Pit stops 1 2

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Timo Glock

Ran well in practice and qualified highest among the new teams.

Virgin chose not to pit him during the safety car period which elevated him to the rare heights of ninth.

After being passed by Mark Webber he held onto tenth for nine laps as Adrian Sutil tried to find a way past.

Once Sutil had got through Glock struggled to keep the rest behind:

I stayed in front of all the other guys for a few laps but when Sutil overtook me there was no chance to keep the others in the pack behind me. When he passed I couldn?t recover quick enough because the tyres were dirty as a result of having to go offline.
Timo Glock

Unfortunately the timing of his pit stop coincided with the second safety car period. He had just been lapped by leader Fernando Alonso while rival Heikki Kovalainen remained unlapped.

That turned his five second lead over Kovalainen before the pit stop into a deficit of almost an entire lap. His hydraulic system later failed and ended his race.

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

Lucas di Grassi

It may be an ominous sign for di Grassi’s future with the team that they chose to send Jerome d’Ambrosio out in his car in first practice when the Brazilian rookie could have done with the time to learn the track.

As it was he did well enough, qualifying within a few tenths of his team mate.

He was the first of the new teams’ cars home in the race. It was essentially a case of ‘last man standing’ but that’s not to be sniffed at on a circuit as punishing as this one.

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

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