Virgin: Timing failure hits team during race

2011 Japanese GP team review

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 position 21 20
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’36.507 (+0.068) 1’36.439
Race position 20 21
Laps 51/53 51/53
Pit stops 3 3

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
Timo Glock 114.73 105.609 104.981 105.24 104.82 104.871 104.784 105.14 104.783 105.323 105.939 108.976 126.462 103.86 103.626 104.287 103.874 103.771 106.99 122.947 104.69 104.504 115.717 125.713 142.492 151.827 109.022 106.524 104.584 102.944 103.012 103.265 103.227 103.173 103.903 106.545 121.94 101.941 102.732 101.944 102.015 102.778 103.925 102.914 101.949 101.704 103.971 102.931 103.123 101.992 103.103
Jerome dAmbrosio 114.198 105.676 104.821 105.088 104.696 104.552 104.838 104.861 104.968 105.095 105.854 105.263 109.379 124.427 103.181 103.661 103.351 103.413 103.434 103.415 103.441 103.514 113.296 149.17 146.719 153.717 107.235 108.653 105.286 102.791 103.014 102.832 103.219 102.928 103.195 104.464 107.146 122.623 101.922 103.725 102.174 102.727 103.128 102.267 101.794 102.392 102.981 102.973 103.205 102.809 102.881

Timo Glock

Start tyre Soft
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?t 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?t 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.

Timo Glock 2011 form guide

Jerome d’Ambrosio

Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, Suzuka, 2011

Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, Suzuka, 2011

Start tyre Soft
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?s 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.

Jerome d’Ambrosio 2011 form guide

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9 comments on Virgin: Timing failure hits team during race

  1. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 10th October 2011, 10:34

    D’ambrosio Does à decent job. But nothing more. Hè doesn’t stand out positively or negative.
    Still, for next year, I think Virgin needs fresh blood. Someone who beats Glock on à regular basis. Maybe Sutil?
    For it seems that this silly season Will be about Kubica, Renault and money. So it wouldn’t surprise me if Sutil Has to look outside FI.

    • Im not sure. I think they need stability now they have gotten their car to be reliable. d’Ambrosio might not be world class, but he’s been pretty solid in a car thats not been quick, and (in my opinion) has done better then Di Grassi last year. Whether Virgin can afford to pay 2 drivers, I dont know. Virgin could do worse then keeping him.

      • Mike (@mike) said on 10th October 2011, 13:09

        Do the Torro Rosso drivers have contracts for next year? If not they could capitalize on that should something happen.

      • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th October 2011, 13:41

        @sjm @verstappen I agree with S.J.M, I think D’Ambrosio is doing a good job. It’s difficult to know whether or not he’s doing better than di Grassi did as undoubtedly their reliability has improved this year. D’Ambrosio is performing relatively well to his team mate and that’s all you can really measure him on.

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th October 2011, 13:42

    Probably the most boring team on the grid, nothing much happens with them! Nevertheless, they weren’t the only ones caught out with tyres so fair play to them for beating HRT still.

  3. Deurmat (@deurmat) said on 10th October 2011, 16:02

    DC said something in the lines of this about DiResta and himself: that beating your more experienced teammate at this track was something he didn’t manage for many years in his career. And that a rookie driver that could beat his teammate at this track was someone to watch…

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th October 2011, 17:07

    These are the moments when drivers show what they are made of. A tought friday meaning he had only data gathered to go by. But he makes it to outqualify Glock!
    A bit strange the team did not change them around early on when Glock was stuck behind him though.

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