2011 Hungarian GP team review
Jerome D’Ambrosio caused alarm by spinning in the pits during the race.
|Timo Glock||Jerome D’Ambrosio|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’26.294 (-0.216)||1’26.510|
Virgin drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Glock was happy with his car on Friday but his progress was disturbed by the change of conditions on Saturday: “The wind picked up this morning and it felt like it just blew our car off the track a little bit,” he said.
“It was very difficult this morning as I had no balance and I really had to work around the set-up.”
He made a great start from 20th to take 17th. But once DRS was enabled he was quickly passed by Adrian Sutil, Nick Heidfeld, Sergio Perez and Jarno Trulli.
From there on he ran in his customary place in front of his team mate and the two HRTs, claiming 17th after the Lotuses retired.
Slipped to last place in qualifying, beaten by both the HRTs. But he was only two-tenths off Glock, and said he was “quite close to the car’s full potential”.
D’Ambrosio got in front of the HRTs at the start but switching to intermediates during the rain later on cost him the place.
He compounded the error by losing control of his car in the pit lane, mercifully not hitting any waiting mechanics.
D’Ambrosio admitted it was “definitely not my best race.
“I’m disappointed really, but the conditions were very tough out there. I had a very good start to the race and I was happy about that but I made an error when the rain came, choosing to stop for intermediates when I probably should have stayed out on slicks.
“So I lost a lot of time with the pit stops and I also had a tough moment when I spun in the box when I came in, although thankfully the car didn’t hit anyone.”
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