Virgin: Quiet race for Glock after extending deal

2011 German GP team review

Timo Glock announced an extension of his Virgin contract but had little to celebrate in the race.

He brought the car home in 17th place which was the best available on the day but little use to the team in the championship.

Timo Glock Jerome D’Ambrosio
Qualifying position 19 21
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’36.400 (-0.241) 1’36.641
Race position 17 18
Laps 57/60 57/60
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 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
Timo Glock 112.974 103.617 103.003 103.184 103.522 102.153 102.141 102.276 102.709 102.541 102.636 102.476 102.455 102.665 101.856 102.101 102.152 102.632 102.03 101.838 102.113 104.194 120.755 100.573 100.143 101.351 102.033 100.513 100.599 102.042 102.221 100.565 100.448 100.291 100.321 103.315 101.445 100.501 100.274 101.913 102.74 103.491 101.31 100.596 101.674 104.909 102.906 103.554 121.965 101.475 103.199 103.463 105.632 102.879 102.594 102.855 99.982
Jerome dAmbrosio 115.052 104.328 104.33 102.628 102.68 102.437 102.422 102.726 103.017 102.909 102.874 104.576 103.079 103.053 102.363 102.199 102.217 102.16 101.88 102.063 102.429 102.791 105.049 105.15 121.122 102.549 100.898 100.518 100.572 102.972 101.247 103.804 100.787 101.885 101.631 101.297 100.775 101.528 101.966 102.494 103.57 101.303 101.507 100.876 101.251 102.943 100.816 100.494 103.041 126.529 102.736 100.484 101.94 102.026 102.049 100.316 99.787
Timo Glock, Virgin, Nurburgring, 2011

Timo Glock, Virgin, Nurburgring, 2011

Timo Glock

With Karun Chandhok taking over for Jarno Trulli at Lotus and Sebastien Buemi picking up a penalty, Glock took Virgin to the rare heights of 19th on the grid.

Buemi came past on lap three, followed by the recovering Nick Heidfeld and Paul di Resta. That left Glock in his usual position, watching Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus getting progressively smaller, while also being one of several drivers to suffer braking problems.

It’s hard to believe he would have signed up for several further seasons if he expects Virgin to remain at this level.

Timo Glock 2011 form guide

Jerome d’Ambrosio

D’Ambrosio had a race-long battle with Daniel Ricciardo, falling behind the HRT and then re-passing on lap 40.

He finished a creditable ten seconds behind his team mate: “I’m happy about the weekend,” he said.

“I feel like I’m back on the right track and although there’s definitely more improvements I can make, particularly in qualifying, I?m going in the right direction.

“The last few weekends have been a bit tough and this is the one I’ll be focusing on. I’d like to keep this momentum in Hungary before the break and stay as close as possible to Timo.”

Jerome d’Ambrosio 2011 form guide

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16 comments on Virgin: Quiet race for Glock after extending deal

  1. Faraz said on 25th July 2011, 10:31

    To me it looks like Timo has no interest in fighting in a competitive car, unless he knows that Virgin are going to challenge for the championship soon.

    • Alfie said on 25th July 2011, 10:33

      I think he is a driver that knows most of the good spots are taken and so would much rather aid a back of the grid team develop and become competitive.

      • Gill said on 25th July 2011, 10:37

        Then he should not have signed a long term contract. Soon there will be 2 spots vacant, Michael and Jarno and who knows whats Mark is gonna do in a year or 2.

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 25th July 2011, 10:46

          1) Marussia have secured the team’s future until 2014.

          2) Virgin have parted ways with Nick Wirth, and will use more-conventional means of designing their cars.

          3) The team has already finished their development programme for 2011, and are devoting their full attention to 2012.

          4) They have signed a deal with McLaren that allows them access to McLaren’s facilities at Woking.

          So I don’t see why everyone is writing Glock off.

          • Todfod (@todfod) said on 25th July 2011, 12:21

            He is still racing for a team that is going to get beaten by HRT 2 years in a row. And even though Virgin is getting everything in place, it will take them at least 3 seasons to make it to the mid field, and they might never be a front running car. A driver like Glock could have done better.

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th July 2011, 10:39

    LOL, looks like a funny typo there Keith

    With Karun Chandhok taking over for Jarno Trulli at Liuzzi

    autocorrect playing up there? Guess we should read that as Lotus.

    Glock must be really confident in McLaren helping them and investments going to be made to have signed up for another few years of this.

  3. maxthecat said on 25th July 2011, 11:42

    No other options for Glock and i guess for him being in F1 is more important than being competitive. Lets face it of the new teams only Team Lotus really have a chance of making their way up the grid in the future. I predict HRT and Virgin will be gone by the time the new rules come into effect for the 2014 season.

    • Mike said on 26th July 2011, 1:06

      Virgin have a solid foundation, adding to that they from the start of next year will have Mclaren facilities. And then they also have Marussia backing. Have to say, it looks good. Yes this years car wasn’t so great. But hopefully with Wirth gone, they can aim to copy rather than try and invent, as Wirth did.

  4. daykind said on 26th July 2011, 19:06

    Poor poor Timo.

  5. bosyber said on 26th July 2011, 19:27

    I really hope they manage to find a good new direction quickly and will discover some good pace with it. Otherwise HRT will end the year being notably faster. Glock doesn’t have a big amount of other options I think, but to sign for several years you’d think they must have A Plan (which started by getting Wirth out, prompted partly by Glock – he was just too unimaginative it seemed) and means to execute it.

    d’Ambrosio doesn’t have much to show for it, but I think he has been doing a pretty solid job so far in difficult circumstances.

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th July 2011, 22:24

    If Nick Wirth was still about it’s hard to imagine that Glock would have signed another long-term contract. Hopefully that’s indicative of better results to come either towards the end of this year or from 2012 onwards.

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