Virgin: D’Ambrosio departs with “one of my best races”

2011 Brazilian GP team review

Jerome D’Ambrosio was satisfied with his performance in his final race for Virgin.

Timo Glock Jerome D’Ambrosio
Qualifying position 24 23
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’17.060 (+0.041) 1’17.019
Race position 19
Laps 21/71 68/71
Pit stops 1 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 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 71
Timo Glock 94.445 83.945 82.368 82.188 82.511 82.008 81.871 81.792 82.254 82.496 82.315 82.379 82.364 81.773 81.905 81.803 81.912 81.835 81.881 82.095 85.623
Jerome dAmbrosio 93.77 83.326 82.242 82.122 81.856 81.636 81.737 81.725 81.878 82.014 81.865 81.907 82.038 81.977 81.709 81.576 81.776 81.923 83.129 86.186 98.128 81.419 80.805 80.739 80.82 82.063 81.28 80.764 81.74 80.798 80.782 81.218 81.543 82.008 81.271 80.969 82.761 81.199 81.024 81.62 86.199 99.079 81.377 80.499 80.266 80.281 81.253 80.868 81.249 80.928 80.441 80.435 80.994 80.864 80.98 80.166 80.441 80.746 80.465 79.902 81.089 81.553 82.229 81.235 81.337 80.731 80.331 81.436

Timo Glock

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 22.452s

Glock had a frustrated weekend, qualifying last then retiring when his left-rear wheel fell off during his first pit stop. “A very disappointing way to end the season,” he said.

The team was fined ??5,000 for the infringement.

Timo Glock 2011 form guide

Jerome d’Ambrosio

Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, Interlagos, 2011

Jerome D'Ambrosio, Virgin, Interlagos, 2011

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.859s
Pit stop 2 Medium 23.542s

In his last race for Virgin, D’Ambrosio out-qualified his team mate, leaving Glock last on the grid.

He called the race “one of my best so far”, running ahead of Glock and Vitantonio Liuzzi before they retired.

However shortly after the race the team announced he was being replaced by Charles Pic for 2012.

Jerome d’Ambrosio 2011 form guide

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16 comments on Virgin: D’Ambrosio departs with “one of my best races”

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th November 2011, 11:55

    I gues there was not much Jerome could have done to prevent being ditched for next year. Really curious to see if he has any chance of racing something competative for the next years, with J. Booth calling his an “exiting future ahead”.

    Good luck Jerome, I think you did a solid job with the equipment given to you. Thanks.

  2. vickyy (@vickyy) said on 28th November 2011, 12:05

    Sometimes its sad to see how things work in F1.
    In cars like this we never get to know the real potential of the driver and this is even harder for a rookie and then all these go to virtual anonymity (adding to the list of Chandok, Di Grassi).
    But still,he impressed me whatever he had shown and wishing him luck to get at least a reserve role in faster teams.

  3. Enigma (@enigma) said on 28th November 2011, 13:02

    D’Ambrosio’s fate now reminds of Romain Grosjean’s. Getting a shot in F1 in difficult circumstances without much chance to shine. Nothing they could do to avoid being dropped come the end of the season.

    Grosjean’s done a good job in the last two years to get back up to where he is, and it’s only a matter of time before he gets a seat in F1. I really hope the same goes for D’Ambrosio, as I’ve found him one of the best personalities in the sport and he’s done a good job.

    I hate to say it, but it’s likely that’s the end of his career, which is a shame.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th November 2011, 13:35

    D’Ambrosio has had a great season. As far as i’m concerned it’s tragic that he’s had to make way for Pic. I would have liked to believe that Marussia invested enough in order to pay for two major components; the drivers! I guess that’s me being naive though.

    Impressive result from him and disappointing for Glock. Disappointing that the loose wheel didn’t result in a Safety Car too!

  5. Gridlock (@gridlock) said on 30th November 2011, 16:43

    Farewell Virgin
    Farewell Custard
    Manor Racing, we hardly know ye

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