2011 Turkish GP team review
Virgin had high hopes for their upgrade package in Turkey.
But they had to remove part of the new kit and a gearbox problem kept Timo Glock from racing.
|Timo Glock||Jerome d’Ambrosio|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’30.813 (+0.368)||1’30.445|
Virgin drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Glock was supposed to run Virgin’s full upgrade package. But the new exhaust and floor was taken off the car on Friday night due to overheating problems.
He was slowed by “engine hesitations” during qualifying and was beaten by Vitantonio Liuzzi’s HRT.
A miserable weekend ended when his car suffered a gearbox failure during his installation lap on Sunday. The team abandoned their efforts to replace the gearbox in time to get the car out for a few laps of testing.
D’Ambrosio picked up a five-place grid penalty for failing to slow sufficiently for yellow flags during practice, meaning he started last.
He passed both the HRTs and Liuzzi’s slow pit stop left him with no-one to races as the Lotuses ahead were around a second per lap faster.
Team principal John Booth was full of praise for D’Ambrosio afterwards: “We predicted that he would have a real ‘racer’s race’ and that is exactly what we saw.
“He grabbed the opportunity with both hands, using the DRS effectively to steal a march on Karthikeyan the minute the activation period came into play, then after a 3 or 4 lap battle with Liuzzi using the DRS, Jerome’s tenacity paid off and he was able to ease away.”
2011 Turkish Grand Prix
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- Renault: Heidfeld unhappy with Petrov after contact
- Sauber: Point for Kobayashi after starting on last row
- Force India: Di Resta posts first retirement
- Williams: Barrichello falls to 15th with KERS fault
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