Virgin: Glock apologises to di Resta for collision

2011 Belgian GP team review

Timo Glock offered his apologies to Paul di Resta for hitting him at the first corner.

Timo Glock Jerome D’Ambrosio
Qualifying position 19 20
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 2’09.566 (-2.035) 2’11.601
Race position 18 17
Laps 43/44 43/44
Pit stops 3 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
Timo Glock 138.523 148.373 121.395 120.871 121.059 125.72 125.849 119.965 119.318 119.456 120.079 120.736 169.699 130.023 138.888 124.044 118.299 118.013 119.57 118.557 118.66 118.743 119.491 119.513 119.016 118.332 119.058 117.934 117.855 118.048 117.711 117.781 118.17 117.882 121.095 131.56 116.54 116.938 117.396 118.2 117.027 119.192 119.749
Jerome dAmbrosio 133.467 121.579 121.232 121.378 120.778 120.185 119.897 119.921 119.793 119.671 119.821 120.413 145.201 158.333 132.25 166.634 118.239 119.007 118.284 118.275 118.244 118.225 118.167 117.99 119.554 118.66 118.196 118.062 118.252 117.891 117.943 118.032 118.723 118.022 118.131 121.663 131.735 116.319 117.648 118.072 119.353 118.237 121.15
Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Glocks skids into the side of di Resta at the start

Timo Glock

Glock put a fresh set of intermediate tyres on for a final effort in qualifying, but ended up eight-tenths off Jarno Trulli in 20th. That became 19th after Pastor Maldonado was put back on the grid.

At the start he braked too late for the first corner and clattered into Paul di Resta, which he apologised for afterwards:

“It was a bad start to the race as I made a mistake into turn one. I hit the brakes, locked the front tyres and had no chance to avoid the crash with Paul Di Resta.

“Unfortunately I destroyed his car and his race a bit, so I have to say sorry for that – it was my mistake.”

He pitted to have the car checked and finished 17th behind his team mate.

Timo Glock 2011 form guide

Jerome d’Ambrosio

Unlike his team mate, d’Ambrosio did not pit for fresh tyres during qualifying, and qualified 2.1s sower than his team mate as a result.

He was also outside the 107% time, but was allowed to start having been sufficiently quick in practice and due to the wet conditions in qualifying.

He emerged from the chaos at the first corner in front of the Lotus pair but was passed by both of them.

Late in the race he had to back off to save fuel: “It was the first time I ever had to do that so I had to try to adapt.”

Jerome d’Ambrosio 2011 form guide

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5 comments on Virgin: Glock apologises to di Resta for collision

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 29th August 2011, 8:33

    Ambrosio did well not to get cought up in the start tangleup. I saw him get passed by Schumacher (great on board video of his first lap and a half) in the first lap, but he did a solid job today staying close to Glock and making it to the finish.

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 29th August 2011, 9:52

    Nice to see also real life drivers brake too late for La Source, like happens too frequently in F1 2010 ;)

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