It looks like HRT, with a shoestring budget and no running before Melbourne (and not even much there!) could end up qualifying ahead of Virgin. Which begs the question; when will Wirth accept that although he has made a valiant effort, the era of CFD – Only F1 design is still about ten years off? I have no doubt with increased computing power and CFD capabilities and complexities, at some point the wind tunnel will be rendered obsolete, or at least the minor partner in the design phase. But clearly, Virgin have not managed. I think last season and the first few races of this season have demonstrated that.
When Virgin first announced their approach, I was very keen on the idea of an alternative development path for the smaller teams. I hoped that they would give some half-decent results. Most of all, they had to demonstrate that they could develop the car and move it forward. Which did not really happen last year, in any particularly meaningful way.
I think that surely from the point of view of finances, they have to either call it a day or get some wind-tunnel time soon. I dont think they have been particularly stupid in their attempt – it was pretty brave, but if they continue on the face of all the evidence against them, surely they are then really being quite pig-headed, and verging on plain stupid?