Virgin Racing Drivers Enjoy Contrasting Fortunes at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix


Timo Glock - Photo Credit: Marussia Virgin Racing
Timo Glock - Photo Credit: Marussia Virgin Racing

 

Timo Glock was happy with his nineteenth place finish in Abu Dhabi today but Virgin Racing team-mate Jérôme D'Ambrosio was left questioning his luck after a brake problem forced him to retire on Lap 18.

“Overall it was quite a good race today,” said Glock. “I had a strong start, the speed was not too bad and I was in front of a couple of quicker guys, even though in the end they caught us up. I just drove my race and my engineer kept me updated about the gap to the guys behind, which was quite easy to manage.

“In the second pit-stop I think Ricciardo pushed a bit more, but I still managed to stay in front of him as well as keeping an eye on the rear tyres. In the end I got the best out of the car even though I have to say it was a bit difficult with the last set of tyres because the Medium compound combined with all the blue flags made it difficult to get them up to temperature. But it was a good race and the team did a good job.”

D’Ambrosio did not have too much to say after his short afternoon in the car: “What a shame!” exclaimed the Belgian. “I had a good start and was fighting hard against the HRTs, but I had a problem with the brakes and that was my race over. But we will work hard and continue to be motivated to finish the season in Brazil on a high.”