A problem on the pit wall made life difficult for Virgin in Japan.
“Early in the race we suffered a problem with our timing information on the pit wall,” said team principal John Booth. “Unfortunately this was at a critical time in the tyre life-cycle, so we really had to think on our feet.”
|Timo Glock||Jerome D’Ambrosio|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’36.507 (+0.068)||1’36.439|
Virgin drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Pit stop 1||Soft 25.563s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 21.726s|
|Pit stop 3||Medium 22.877s|
Glock lost time with a water leak on Friday and was out-qualified by D’Ambrosio.
He spent much of the race behind his team mate, grappling with tyre wear and losing more time with a slow pit stop:
“I had a good start, got on the outside and managed to get Jerome in the first part of the first two corners. I nearly hit [Jarno] Trulli; he pushed me out and I went out on to the grass and unfortunately couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót stay on track, so I lost position again and was behind Jerome.
“I was stuck behind him for the first stint, which destroyed my tyres in the first five or six laps because I was a bit quicker than him and then he started to pull away. We went for an early pitstop but the right rear tyre didn?óÔé¼Ôäót go on well and I lost 4-5 seconds, the position against Ricciardo and then Jerome was able to pull quite far away.”
He recovered to finish the race just in front of his team mate.
|Pit stop 1||Soft 23.013s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 22.258s|
|Pit stop 3||Medium 24.269s|
D’Ambrosio produced a surprising late effort to out-qualify Glock for only the third time this year.
Team principal John Booth praised his effort: “After probably one of Jerome?óÔé¼Ôäós more challenging Fridays, he spent a lot of time last night going through the data with his engineers to see where he needed to improve.
“Throughout FP3 he did an impressive job to close the gap to Timo and into qualifying he had a good second run to finish 0.07s ahead of him.”
He fell behind Glock in the final stint as his team mate switched to medium tyres a lap earlier than him and jumped ahead, aided by D’Ambrosio losing more than a second in the pits.
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