Virgin: No chance to capitalise on Lotus retirements

2011 British GP team review

Timo Glock, Virgin, Silverstone, 2011

Timo Glock, Virgin, Silverstone, 2011

With Lotus hitting trouble, Virgin had a chance to capitalise in the British Grand Prix.

But ultimately they needed a few more retirements to improve their championship position.

Ahead of the next race Virgin will perform an aero test at RAF Cottesmore in Rutland.

Timo Glock Jerome D’Ambrosio
Qualifying position 20 22
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’36.203 (-0.951) 1’37.154
Race position 16 17
Laps 50/52 50/52
Pit stops 2 2

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
Timo Glock 130.928 117.849 117.798 116.833 116.888 116.147 116.006 115.938 115.582 115.931 111.648 135.44 115.729 110.072 108.548 107.307 105.985 108.28 107.123 106.914 104.348 103.011 103.098 102.423 101.885 104.81 103.173 102.369 102.156 98.275 124.892 100.821 99.904 100.067 100.898 100.416 99.846 100.038 101.726 100.999 101.96 100.182 99.849 103.448 103.218 103.003 101.837 100.847 99.811 102.202
Jerome dAmbrosio 132.334 120.009 119.094 118.462 119.051 118.241 118.289 117.898 117.808 117.542 114.638 137.782 109.502 107.75 106.557 107.419 107.074 107.319 105.928 103.95 103.632 108.328 103.148 102.51 102.531 107.422 103.926 100.224 121.34 100.56 100.836 101.004 100.875 102.028 101.197 101.249 101.056 100.83 101.026 104.075 101.122 101.411 102.346 101.777 103.212 103.487 102.025 101.688 101.434 102.435

Timo Glock

Glock took advantage of the mixed conditions to out-qualify Jarno Trulli, taking 20th on the grid.

He stayed in front of Trulli at the start and the Lotus driver wasn’t able to pass him before retiring.

The team ran Glock on a two-stop strategy, to reduce the amount of time lost to blue flags, and he brought the car home in 16th.

Timo Glock 2011 form guide

Jerome d’Ambrosio

Lost a place to Vitantonio Liuzzi at the start but passed the HRT driver on lap 18.

Towards the end of the race he struggled with wear on his front-left tyre, but stayed ahead of Liuzzi despite several laps of pressure.

Jerome d’Ambrosio 2011 form guide

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5 comments on Virgin: No chance to capitalise on Lotus retirements

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 11th July 2011, 10:23

    Reading that line about the test, at first I saw its going to be in Rusland!

    Glock still brings the best out of the car on Saturday, shame they still have a lot of work to do to get it anywhere near the rest of the field up front.

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 11th July 2011, 10:35

    D’Ambrosio was being rapidly catched by Liuzzi in the end. A shame that we don’t get to see the battles of the last cars, because at the start they had mixed up and it was nice to see the gaps between the HRTs and the Virgins. Then as the race went on I lost track of the positions as they were never seen on screen.

  3. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 11th July 2011, 12:18

    Hopefully next year their fortunes will improve with the McLaren technical deal :)

    • Solo (@solo) said on 12th July 2011, 12:45

      Well that their only hope about now. This year is pretty much nothing more but a pain waiting to go away.
      They should probably start testing staff for next year’s car. Hell some may even to good to this year car too.

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