Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin, Melbourne, 2011

Virgin narrowly qualify and race at the back

2011 Australian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Virgin only narrowly managed to get both cars into the first race of the year.

Jerome d’Ambrosio was the last qualifier, 0.4s inside the 107% time.

However Glock was quite close to the pace of the Lotuses in the race.

Timo Glock Jerome d’Ambrosio
Qualifying position 21 22
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’29.858 (-0.964) 1’30.822
Race position 14
Laps 49/58 54/58
Pit stops 2 2

Virgin drivers race lap times:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
Timo Glock 114.969 100.099 98.38 98.143 97.637 97.671 98.683 97.14 96.812 97.153 96.606 96.793 97.13 96.727 96.494 96.968 96.568 116.357 708.17 115.21 99.26 98.574 96.627 96.5 97.361 96.198 95.979 95.801 98.131 105.904 100.068 100.024 100.015 97.695 97.418 98.248 96.858 96.109 98.121 96.515 98.874 96.731 101.455 101.096 97.732 96.265 99.855 95.789 99.724
Jerome dAmbrosio 114.641 99.961 98.516 98.055 97.682 97.701 98.016 98.789 97.764 97.942 97.731 98.561 104.068 120.421 108.305 102.319 100.951 97.419 97.67 98.628 101.479 99.227 97.839 97.968 99.762 98.298 98.654 97.66 97.263 98.616 97.611 97.496 99.417 100.258 98.446 97.88 99.22 121.916 108.099 96.663 96.539 95.432 96.646 94.523 97.918 94.817 94.667 98.582 95.174 94.956 96.488 95.224 96.107 98.533

Timo Glock

After failing to lap within 107% of the fastest time in both of Friday’s session, Glock voiced his concern the team might not qualify at all.

The team made progress overnight and Glock eventually qualified within 0.6 seconds of Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus. Glock said afterwards: “fighting for a time within 107% of the leaders is not what we?re here for”.

Glock kept up with Jarno Trulli in the race until a wheel problem in his pit stop caused a long stay in the pits. He rejoined the track

Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin, Melbourne, 2011
Jerome d'Ambrosio, Virgin, Melbourne, 2011

Jerome d’Ambrosio

Narrowly qualified for his F1 debut, but only lost around five seconds to Glock over the first 12 laps before his team mate hit trouble. He brought the car home:

“I?m really happy to have finished my first Formula One Grand Prix. I started really well and I felt comfortable in the car, even though I think that I could have gone a bit faster at the end of the race.

“But the most important thing is that we completed the race and this will give me plenty of experience which will be useful for the next races.”

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