Marussia Virgin Belgian GP - Spa qualifying report

Marussia Virgin press release

Today's qualifying was a challenging experience for Timo and Jerome

Timo Glock, Virgin Racing
Timo Glock, Virgin Racing

Photo by:

Timo Glock, Race Driver #24

“In general today’s qualifying was quite okay, but for some reason we had a lot of trouble in the first stint, on the first set of tyres, because we made a change from Free Practice 3 to qualifying and maybe it wasn’t the correct one. It was really difficult. I then came in for a new set of Intermediate tyres and in general I think the lap was okay, even though on the data the lap looked more like a Rally lap! Nevertheless we got the most out of the car and I’m happy with the result.”

Jerome d'Ambrosio, Marussia Virgin Racing
Jerome d'Ambrosio, Marussia Virgin Racing

Photo by:

Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Race Driver #25

“Of course I’m a bit disappointed about the result, but I’m really happy with my pace this weekend. I think I had a good feeling with the car, I was happy with everything and my performance in normal conditions was quite good. We got it a bit wrong with the strategy – we should have pitted really. But again, it’s very difficult to decide a call like that because it might have just rained a bit earlier and then it wouldn’t have worked. So basically it could have been better but in terms of performance we are there, so it should be good for tomorrow’s race.”

John Booth, Team Principal

“This morning, with the rain at the start of the session being quite heavy, we opted to give both drivers a run on the Extreme Wet tyre to give them some preparation for these conditions should they arise in qualifying.

We started both cars on the Intermediate tyre and it was our expectation that the track would dry

John Booth

In the event, qualifying was slightly tricky in that the rain at the start of the session was not necessarily so evident in the pit lane but certainly in the second sector it was clear the track was rather wet. We started both cars on the Intermediate tyre and it was our expectation that the track would dry. In actual fact, the second sector remained quite wet. Timo was very unhappy with his first set of Intermediates so we opted to fit a new set close to the end of Q1. In hindsight we should also have stopped Jérôme, but as his times were improving on his existing set we opted to leave him out. We are expecting a dry race tomorrow and this will provide a further challenge for both the drivers and the engineers, since we have gathered very little dry tyre or set-up data this weekend.”

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula 1
Drivers Timo Glock , Jérôme d'Ambrosio , John Booth
Teams Virgin Racing
Tags belgian gp, booth, d'ambrisio, glock, marussia virgin, spa