Virgin were not far off Lotus’s pace in the first race at Melbourne.
But the growing gap between them was made clear when Jarno Trulli easily passed Timo Glock at the start.
|Timo Glock||Jerome d’Ambrosio|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’40.648 (-0.353)||1’41.001|
Virgin drivers’ lap times throughout the race:
Glock was a full two seconds slower than Heikki Kovalainen in qualifying.
He got ahead of Trulli at the start, but admitted: “I was only able to defend the position for so long before he was able to get past.” Trulli came past him on lap three and pulled away at more than a second per lap.
Trulli had a slow first pit stop and dropped back behind Glock, but was once again able to catch and pass him with ease.
He was at least able to post his first of the year in 16th but was a lap behind Kovalainen.
D’Ambrosio suffered a right-front suspension failure in the first practice session on Friday, which sent him into the gravel at the final turn. He missed the second session while repairs were being made.
Nonetheless he qualified four-tenths of a second behind his team mate on the 11th row. He kept pace reasonably well, and was within ten seconds of Glock when he was forced to retire on lap 43. He hit a kerb too hard, causing the ignition to cut out.
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