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Virgin Racing end Korean weekend on a Positive Note

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Timo Glock leads Virgin Racing team-mate Jerome D'Ambrosio during the Korean Grand Prix - Photo Credit: Marussia Virgin Racing

Timo Glock leads Virgin Racing team-mate Jerome D'Ambrosio during the Korean Grand Prix - Photo Credit: Marussia Virgin Racing


Both Virgin Racing drivers felt that they had ended their weekend in Korea on a positive note; Timo Glock came home in P18, two places higher than team-mate Jérôme D'Ambrosio.

“It has been a good weekend for us,” said Glock. “Strategy-wise I think we made the right choice. I had a very good car the whole race – very consistent to push until the last lap and all the problems that we thought we had before were less of an issue.

“The Pirellis were very good and very consistent. I had a lot of fun and could push until the end, until the last lap. We had a bit of a fight with HRT in the middle of the race, who were suddenly very quick, and I had to push more and more.

“Overall I'm happy and got the maximum out of the car. The pitstops were good so we made a big step forward in that area too. Now we're off to our big adventure in India, which I think the whole team is looking forward to.”

D’Ambrosio actually finished behind HRT driver Daniel Ricciardo, but comfortably ahead of Vitantonio Liuzzi. The Belgian was not at all happy after qualifying yesterday, but was much more pleased with how today’s race had gone.

“It wasn't a great race today, but I can say that compared to yesterday and bearing in mind that we couldn't do any big changes on the car because of the rules, I think that today went pretty well,” he said. “We tried to do what we could to compensate with the tools that we had and we went in the right direction. So in general it was good, definitely much better than yesterday.”

Team principal John Booth thought that both drivers had a decent race today, and is looking forward to the first Indian Grand Prix in a fortnights time.

“A positive race on both sides of the garage today, to slightly varying degrees,” he summarised. “Timo drove a hard race all the way to the end and we were managing the gap to Ricciardo behind him. With Jérôme it is disappointing that we finished behind the HRT, however we must take the positive that the performance today far exceeded that in qualifying. He had a hard battle with Ricciardo, overtaking him after the Safety Car, but only to lose out whilst battling with Kobayashi.

“On the back of a disappointing weekend last week, everyone in the team stepped up their game for this weekend. The strategy was improved, the pitstops were slick and all this has been borne out of a great deal of introspection and redoubling of effort for the last few races.

“We'll be back in the UK this week preparing for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix and the whole team – from the engineers to logistics – are looking forward to the challenge of this voyage into the unknown.”

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