Formula 1 – Virgin Racing – 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix

August 1, 2011

Formula 1

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Marussia Virgin Racing drivers Timo Glock and Jérôme D’Ambrosio finished 17th and 19th respectively at the Hungarian Grand Prix today in Budapest.

Timo and Jérôme started the race on Pirelli P-Zero Intermediate tyres as it was drizzling with rain minutes before the start of the race. With a wet and slippery track at 18°C, both Timo and Jérôme got off to a good start and were running in 17th and 21st positions respectively at the end of the first lap. With the track drying and the weather forecast indicating that it wasn’t going to rain for the following 30 minutes, both drivers pitted on lap 11 and put slick tyres on. After 17 laps on the Option tyres, both cars came in for Primes and were running well in 18th and 19th position. When it started to rain again and Jérôme decided to pit for the Intermediate tyres. Due to the painted lines in the pit lane, which were still quite damp, he unfortunately spun on his approach to the pit box but the team recovered his car well to minimise the amount of time he lost. Timo stayed out and pitted a third and final time towards the end of the race. Jérôme completed a fourth pit-stop to return to the slick tyre when it stopped raining. With Timo finishing in 17th position and Jérôme in 19th, Marussia Virgin Racing achieved its 8th double finish of the season.

Timo Glock, Race Driver #24

“A very interesting race today, I have to say, and very good fun. I got a great start and got ahead of Heidfeld and some other guys in faster cars and was able to stay in front of them. They obviously were able to get past me after it started to dry and I just concentrated on my own race, managing to hold the gap behind me. Then when it started to rain, we made the right decision, staying on the slicks. It wasn’t easy to stay on track today as we saw, but we got the right result in the end. A great team performance in tricky conditions, making all the right decisions and some great pit stops which made all the difference. Thanks to everyone for their hard work in the long run up to race 11 and now they deserve an enjoyable break so we can come back fighting again in Spa.”

Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Race Driver #25

“I’m disappointed really, but the conditions were very tough out there. I had a very good start to the race and I was happy about that but I made an error when the rain came, choosing to stop for intermediates when I probably should have stayed out on slicks. So I lost a lot of time with the pit stops and I also had a tough moment when I spun in the box when I came in, although thankfully the car didn’t hit anyone. Definitely not my best race.”

John Booth, Team Principal

“An incredible start for Timo on the opening laps of the race. In wet conditions he managed to fight with cars which are normally several seconds quicker than us in the dry. The rest of Timo’s race went pretty seamlessly with both him and his engineers on the wall making good decisions, particularly in the period where we had rain at around two thirds distance, and he remained out on slicks. Jérôme was also performing well, but his decision to fit  intermediate tyres wasn’t correct. However, in the position he was in, had there been any more rain, it could have worked. The pit crew have been exemplary today, with good consistent stops under difficult conditions. The final pit stops for both drivers were affected by a slippery surface on the way into the pit box and unfortunately this caught Jérôme out. “Overall, at this point in the season we are very happy with our reliability but realise there’s still work to be done in terms of performance. It’s been a rollercoaster ride of a last few weeks for the whole team but with plenty of highs. Now everyone leaves for a well-deserved break and I’m sure all the batteries will be recharged ready for Spa.”

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