Virgin: Quiet race for Glock after extending deal

2011 German GP team review

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Timo Glock announced an extension of his Virgin contract but had little to celebrate in the race.

He brought the car home in 17th place which was the best available on the day but little use to the team in the championship.

Timo GlockJerome D’Ambrosio
Qualifying position1921
Qualifying time comparison (Q1)1’36.400 (-0.241)1’36.641
Race position1718
Pit stops22

Virgin drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

Timo Glock112.974103.617103.003103.184103.522102.153102.141102.276102.709102.541102.636102.476102.455102.665101.856102.101102.152102.632102.03101.838102.113104.194120.755100.573100.143101.351102.033100.513100.599102.042102.221100.565100.448100.291100.321103.315101.445100.501100.274101.913102.74103.491101.31100.596101.674104.909102.906103.554121.965101.475103.199103.463105.632102.879102.594102.85599.982
Jerome dAmbrosio115.052104.328104.33102.628102.68102.437102.422102.726103.017102.909102.874104.576103.079103.053102.363102.199102.217102.16101.88102.063102.429102.791105.049105.15121.122102.549100.898100.518100.572102.972101.247103.804100.787101.885101.631101.297100.775101.528101.966102.494103.57101.303101.507100.876101.251102.943100.816100.494103.041126.529102.736100.484101.94102.026102.049100.31699.787
Timo Glock, Virgin, Nurburgring, 2011
Timo Glock, Virgin, Nurburgring, 2011

Timo Glock

With Karun Chandhok taking over for Jarno Trulli at Lotus and Sebastien Buemi picking up a penalty, Glock took Virgin to the rare heights of 19th on the grid.

Buemi came past on lap three, followed by the recovering Nick Heidfeld and Paul di Resta. That left Glock in his usual position, watching Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus getting progressively smaller, while also being one of several drivers to suffer braking problems.

It’s hard to believe he would have signed up for several further seasons if he expects Virgin to remain at this level.

Timo Glock 2011 form guide

Jerome d’Ambrosio

D’Ambrosio had a race-long battle with Daniel Ricciardo, falling behind the HRT and then re-passing on lap 40.

He finished a creditable ten seconds behind his team mate: “I’m happy about the weekend,” he said.

“I feel like I’m back on the right track and although there’s definitely more improvements I can make, particularly in qualifying, I?m going in the right direction.

“The last few weekends have been a bit tough and this is the one I’ll be focusing on. I’d like to keep this momentum in Hungary before the break and stay as close as possible to Timo.”

Jerome d’Ambrosio 2011 form guide

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    16 comments on “Virgin: Quiet race for Glock after extending deal”

    1. To me it looks like Timo has no interest in fighting in a competitive car, unless he knows that Virgin are going to challenge for the championship soon.

      1. I think he is a driver that knows most of the good spots are taken and so would much rather aid a back of the grid team develop and become competitive.

        1. Then he should not have signed a long term contract. Soon there will be 2 spots vacant, Michael and Jarno and who knows whats Mark is gonna do in a year or 2.

          1. 1) Marussia have secured the team’s future until 2014.

            2) Virgin have parted ways with Nick Wirth, and will use more-conventional means of designing their cars.

            3) The team has already finished their development programme for 2011, and are devoting their full attention to 2012.

            4) They have signed a deal with McLaren that allows them access to McLaren’s facilities at Woking.

            So I don’t see why everyone is writing Glock off.

            1. He is still racing for a team that is going to get beaten by HRT 2 years in a row. And even though Virgin is getting everything in place, it will take them at least 3 seasons to make it to the mid field, and they might never be a front running car. A driver like Glock could have done better.

    2. LOL, looks like a funny typo there Keith

      With Karun Chandhok taking over for Jarno Trulli at Liuzzi

      autocorrect playing up there? Guess we should read that as Lotus.

      Glock must be really confident in McLaren helping them and investments going to be made to have signed up for another few years of this.

      1. Nah, just good old-fashioned brain fade. Fixed it.

        1. just good old-fashioned brain fade

          Hahahaha! Nice one!

      2. Glock must be really confident in McLaren helping them and investments going to be made to have signed up for another few years of this.

        I think that it’s also partly because he doesn’t seem to have any other option in F1.

      3. So Liuzzi already take over ownership of Lotus? :D

    3. No other options for Glock and i guess for him being in F1 is more important than being competitive. Lets face it of the new teams only Team Lotus really have a chance of making their way up the grid in the future. I predict HRT and Virgin will be gone by the time the new rules come into effect for the 2014 season.

      1. Virgin have a solid foundation, adding to that they from the start of next year will have Mclaren facilities. And then they also have Marussia backing. Have to say, it looks good. Yes this years car wasn’t so great. But hopefully with Wirth gone, they can aim to copy rather than try and invent, as Wirth did.

    4. Poor poor Timo.

    5. I really hope they manage to find a good new direction quickly and will discover some good pace with it. Otherwise HRT will end the year being notably faster. Glock doesn’t have a big amount of other options I think, but to sign for several years you’d think they must have A Plan (which started by getting Wirth out, prompted partly by Glock – he was just too unimaginative it seemed) and means to execute it.

      d’Ambrosio doesn’t have much to show for it, but I think he has been doing a pretty solid job so far in difficult circumstances.

    6. If Nick Wirth was still about it’s hard to imagine that Glock would have signed another long-term contract. Hopefully that’s indicative of better results to come either towards the end of this year or from 2012 onwards.

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