Virgin: D’Ambrosio spins in the pits

2011 Hungarian GP team review

Jerome D’Ambrosio caused alarm by spinning in the pits during the race.

Timo Glock Jerome D’Ambrosio
Qualifying position 20 24
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’26.294 (-0.216) 1’26.510
Race position 17 19
Laps 66/70 65/70
Pit stops 3 4

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 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
Timo Glock 127.271 115.808 110.873 110.406 108.459 108.241 108.097 106.689 106.016 105.544 108.228 124.879 98.18 96.398 94.165 92.78 94.579 92.53 94.227 92.15 94.109 91.916 92.024 92.359 94.19 93.094 93.019 94.036 110.331 91.164 95.445 90.71 90.617 91.54 90.008 90.852 90.22 92.705 90.811 92.249 94.252 91.819 90.343 92.811 97.677 95.374 94.151 110.099 108.759 102.297 99.656 96.542 94.912 112.749 89.096 89.359 90.999 88.119 88.022 88.716 89.271 89.547 92.738 89.885 91.512 92.555
Jerome dAmbrosio 130.149 115.738 112.806 109.734 108.724 107.788 108.487 106.314 106.246 105.707 109.01 126.686 97.727 95.936 95.296 95.483 95.823 95.637 93.301 92.637 92.749 95.03 94.663 93.557 93.032 93.613 93.507 94.098 95.512 112.907 94.814 91.277 92.917 92.782 90.745 92.016 90.62 93.174 90.914 90.895 90.473 90.818 92.423 93.007 96.228 92.097 111.393 151.214 115.448 99.765 104.332 116.444 90.895 91.566 89.372 89.488 90.404 89.068 89.27 92.062 91.834 91.099 90.127 91.326 91.672

Timo Glock

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.

Timo Glock 2011 form guide

Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, Hungaroring, 2011

Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, Hungaroring, 2011

Jerome d’Ambrosio

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.”

Jerome d’Ambrosio 2011 form guide

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12 comments on Virgin: D’Ambrosio spins in the pits

  1. SparkyJ23 (@sparkyj23) said on 1st August 2011, 10:44

    This is probably why some limited testing should be allowed. How many competitive pit stops will he have had?

    I’m actually surprised this doesn’t happen more often with the blue painted line and wet weather.

  2. maxthecat said on 1st August 2011, 11:44

    It’s takes a a lot of skill to spin a car with a locked throttle going along at 60 ;D

  3. Eggry (@eggry) said on 1st August 2011, 12:38

    spin in the pits!

  4. Zadak said on 1st August 2011, 13:19

    Young D’Ambrosio was only 0.2 seconds from Glock

    A great rookie performance, compared with Glock.

    2 cars between them made Jerome look bad though

    WAY better than Di Grassi

    • Fernando Cruz said on 1st August 2011, 19:31

      Well, we’ ll see how he compares with Glock in Spa, where di Grassi was the quicker of the Virgin men last year.

      Don’ forget d’ Ambrosio is only here because of more sponsorship than the brazilian could achieve and di Grassi results in GP2 were also far better. The belgian was only 12th in GP2 championship last year!

      Also we have to notice that last year Glock tended to have the best parts as there was not enough for both cars. Even so the belgian is not doing better than the brazilian did last year and is often beaten by the HRTs.

      Overall I think di Grassi was a better driver. Not everyone can beat Kubica and Vettel as di Grassi did in Macau GP 2005.

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 1st August 2011, 13:27

    Pretty nice moves from D’Ambrosio, his mechanics looked confused to say the least!

    I imagine Ricciardo is going to be a good benchmark for D’Ambrosio if he doesn’t pull his socks up.

  6. Icemangrins said on 1st August 2011, 15:07

    I was actually hoping that FIA wouldn’t impose a penalty for Jerome for the spin..

  7. D’Ambrosio took a risk changing to intermediate when it started to rain a little again. I guess this decision would have made him look a lot better if the rain really broke through.

  8. Fixy (@fixy) said on 1st August 2011, 17:25

    The spin was dangerous, but the mechanics reacted quickly enough, luckily for them.

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