Virgin: Unlucky weekend for Glock

2011 Indian GP team review

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Timo Glock had a gearbox problem in qualifying, then was taken out at the start by Kamui Kobayashi.

Timo GlockJerome D’Ambrosio
Qualifying position2221
Qualifying time comparison (Q1)1’34.046 (+3.18)1’30.866
Race position16
Pit stops12

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

Timo Glock116.549
Jerome dAmbrosio108.36899.96497.9396.58996.54895.8696.0195.45797.66395.66795.43695.33895.48495.21395.01295.18194.9695.08995.13195.33895.1998.049116.35794.75895.69794.29894.56294.35293.76694.50194.41493.79894.31894.3593.21294.95894.33193.52994.0392.98493.41992.93695.09692.69195.59292.4793.49292.34692.44993.14691.9992.3892.32693.41295.231114.41194.402

Timo Glock

Timo Glock, Virgin, Buddh International Circuit
Start tyreSoft
Pit stop 1Soft 27.378s

Glock’s qualifying session ended shortly after his first time lap when his car developed a gearbox problem. He missed the 107% cut but was allowed to start.

It didn’t get any better in the race as he was hit by Kamui Kobayashi at the start: “I just came down into turn one on the outside and all of a sudden I saw bits flying around.

“I braked a bit earlier than normal and when I turned, suddenly Kamui Kobayashi drove straight into me and I couldn’t avoid the crash. My front wing was damaged so I came back in to change it, and we realised that we also had quite a lot of damage on the left side of the car, so we decided to stop.”

Timo Glock 2011 form guide

Jerome d’Ambrosio

Start tyreSoft
Pit stop 1Soft 22.687s
Pit stop 2Hard 22.472s

D’Ambrosio lost time in second practice after a heavy crash at turn 12. He was out-qualified by both HRTs but penalties dropped them back behind him.

He fell back behind them at the start but ended the race ahead of them by running two long stints on soft tyres and making a late switch to hards.

Jerome d’Ambrosio 2011 form guide

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    6 comments on “Virgin: Unlucky weekend for Glock”

    1. It’s just so hard to judge how good D’Ambrosio is doing this year. He’s usually slower than Glock but often close. I really like him but he hasn’t really shown anything that we’d look at and think he’s championship material. I hope I’m wrong though =)

    2. You’ve got to wonder what must be going through Timo Glock’s head at the moment. Virgin don’t seem to be going forwards at all unlike Lotus (slowly). Only two years ago Glock was in a car that had qualified on the front row and was getting podium finishes.

      1. Well @smifaye, he signed a contract extension not long ago so he must feel he either has no other opportunities or Virgin will eventually improve. For me it was the wrong decision though.

        1. @smifaye @fixy Did he sign the contract after they parted with Nick Wirth? That may have bolstered his optimism about the time. They’ve had a pretty uneventful season but given the circumstances that’s probably a compliment.

          1. Yes, he did sign it after that announcement, which really seemed targeted to show him he was being listened to.

    3. It is so dissapointing, I really like and rate Glock but he is stuck with Virgin who are seemingly making no progress.
      I too believe it was a mistake to sign a new contract with Virgin, he simply deserves better

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