Virgin split their strategies leaving Timo Glock on three stop behind team mate Jerome D’Ambrosio.
|Timo Glock||Jerome d’Ambrosio|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’39.708 (+0.589)||1’39.119|
Virgin drivers’ lap times throughout the race:
Virgin split strategies on their cars. Glock made three stops running soft-soft-soft-hard as they tried to control rear tyre degradation.
But this compromised Glock’s race as he explained: “The team took the decision to convert to a three stop race but this was not the right way to go because we suffered massively with the blue flags.
“Then in the last stop the wheel didn?óÔé¼Ôäót go on, which cost me a few seconds leaving the pits. Generally on the hard tyre the car was slightly better but in the beginning we just struggled.”
D’Ambrosio suffered a moment late in final practice when the front wing failed on his car as he came out of the long turn 13.
However in qualifying he beat his more experienced team mate for the first time, by over half a second.
Glock overtook him at the start but D’Ambrosio finished the race ahead after running a two-stop strategy.
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