Virgin Racing scored their seventh double-finish of 2011 at the German Grand Prix today as Timo Glock brought his car home in P17, one place higher than team-mate Jerome D’Ambrosio.
Glock announced this morning that he would be staying with the team until 2014. However, he revealed after the race that he did have some trouble with his car today at the NÃ¼rburgring.
“After a positive start to the day with the announcement about my future with the team, it was quite a difficult race today,” said the German. “I struggled with the braking system from the middle of the race onwards and I wasn't able to push late on in the race, so we have to look into the problem. Otherwise thanks to the team for a good weekend at my home Grand Prix. A shame it was so cold for everyone but we head to Hungary now for better weather and I hope we can have another good result there.”
D’Ambrosio seemed to enjoy his afternoon more, and felt much happier with his performance that he has done at some recent races. “I'm happy about the weekend,” said the Belgian rookie. “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.”
Team principal John Booth was also generally pleased with how the team’s day in Germany had panned out. “This is a great way to end Timo's home race weekend,” he said. “After announcing a new long-term contract with him this morning, the day ended in a positive way as we achieved another double finish.
“JÃ©rÃ´me struggled at the start of the race but after the first pit-stop found his way when the fuel load lightened and came back at Ricciardo, overtaking him in the second stint. We had a small issue with Timo's braking system towards the end of the race and this slowed his pace.
“Overall, a pleasing result with the team working well under pressure. We now complete a quick turnaround and travel over to Hungary for what we hope will be another good weekend.”