Virgin come under pressure from HRT

2011 Spanish GP team review

Battle has been joined at the back of the field as HRT put Virgin under pressure in Spain.

Timo Glock Jerome d’Ambrosio
Qualifying position 20 23
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’27.315 (-1.241) 1’28.556
Race position 19 20
Laps 63/66 62/66
Pit stops 3 3

Virgin drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

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 59 60 61
Timo Glock 107.556 96.456 95.865 95.863 95.34 95.206 95.231 95.914 95.579 95.306 95.491 95.6 96.679 95.204 96.371 99.174 113.867 93.553 95.174 94.599 93.441 93.464 93.532 95.754 94.068 93.257 93.609 94.519 93.902 94.787 94.605 93.458 94.443 93.311 93.519 94.194 94.848 98.092 118.16 91.635 92.35 91.865 91.717 91.667 92.038 93.228 92.079 92.35 95.229 92.624 92.693 92.102 95.424 113.99 94.413 91.902 94.935 93.882 93.41 95.358 97.097
Jerome dAmbrosio 108.573 96.553 96.056 95.639 95.593 95.551 95.278 95.698 95.15 95.486 95.45 95.632 96.44 96.273 97.136 97.238 100.259 115.23 92.982 93.585 95.716 95.573 93.887 93.847 93.976 95.115 97.268 94.493 95.47 94.993 98.919 96.472 96.668 99.672 115.073 92.549 92.796 92.827 92.975 93.033 92.677 92.933 92.929 92.983 92.938 92.692 92.764 93.451 96.166 114.953 93.378 97.241 93.113 94.23 93.401 94.817 93.295 93.693 93.884 93.913 97.625
Timo Glock, Virgin, Barcelona, 2011

Timo Glock, Virgin, Barcelona, 2011

Timo Glock

Slipped behind Vitantonio Liuzzi at the start and couldn’t find a way past during the first stint.

He stopped for tyres on lap 16 and was able to pass the HRT, just three laps before Liuzzi retired with a gearbox problem.

After that Glock had a largely trouble-free race aside from a tyre vibration. He finished a lap behind the next car, the Lotus of Jarno Trulli.

Timo Glock 2011 form guide

Jerome d’Ambrosio

Was only able to do one lap in qualifying because of a hydraulic problem and started behind the HRTs as a result. He only made it within the 107% time by 0.3 seconds.

He passed Narain Karthikeyan on lap six. He finished behind his team mate but was lapped once more, delayed by a braking problem.

Jerome d’Ambrosio 2011 form guide

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16 comments on Virgin come under pressure from HRT

  1. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 23rd May 2011, 10:26

    It really underlines how good a job Lotus are doing. Even though this result wasn’t great for them, in comparison to Virgin and HRT they are looking a lot more professional.

    It is sad to see Glock driving around at the back of the field

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd May 2011, 10:34

    So by now Virgin has shown the car has reliability. When will they start doing something about their speed?

    Did they have an EBD with somewhat off throttle boost prepared only to shelve it, like HRT did. Or are they just without a clue what to do for downforce.

  3. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 23rd May 2011, 11:11

    Yeh it’s a shame Glock might be remembered best for being overtaken by Hamilton.

    I think Virgin’s strategy is paying off. Reliability is a tough thing to conquer for a new team, despite what this era of seemingly bullet-proof cars implies. They just need a mad (probably wet) race to happen and they’ll get a 13th place. Realistically even if they went for pace they wouldn’t score any points so this is the best thing for them. It’s next year that they should be going for performance.

    • Douglas62500 said on 23rd May 2011, 11:53

      I guess that’s the good bit really, with such vastly improved excellent reliability they could focus hard on pace, but sadly it does not appear to pay off at the moment…

    • dyslexicbunny (@dyslexicbunny) said on 23rd May 2011, 12:57

      I like it too because it doesn’t matter how good your car is if you can’t finish.

      But they desperately need to get some better results solely for the purpose of demonstrating that their CFD only approach is valuable. Right now, they aren’t impressing anyone.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 23rd May 2011, 15:12

      Glock might be remembered best for being overtaken by Hamilton.

      That’s what I remember him for.

  4. “Battle Has Been Joined”. Haha, shame on you, Keith :)

  5. bosyber said on 23rd May 2011, 12:22

    I see some people saying they have reliability, and maybe braking problems don’t count for that, but it seems to me they didn’t get the most out of the EBD because of reliability problems, like most others in the bottom half of the field that is running with it, or trying.

    Virgin really do not seem to have a solid direction to me. Now they have the high nose, it is time they start thinking up ideas of how to use it to the max for underfloor downforce.

  6. Anders said on 23rd May 2011, 14:57

    Get Timo into the Renault team as he should have been, They should get rid of Nick Heidfeld or Vitaly Petrov. It´s becoming clear that Virgin is a waste of time.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 23rd May 2011, 19:50

    A pretty uninspiring team to be honest, they do next to nothing for me.

  8. manatcna (@manatcna) said on 24th May 2011, 7:13

    Remember this quote? or something close to it.
    “It’s easier to make a fast car reliable, than to make a reliable car fast”

    I forget who said it. I wonder if it’s true.

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