Marussia Virgin European GP - Valencia Friday Practice Report

Valencia Street Circuit

A Good Days Running

Timo and Jerome have a trouble-free day in Valencia After a quck trip across the Pond to Montreal, the cars and team have now returned to Europe for, what else, the European Grand Prix.

Timo Glock, Marussia Virgin Racing
Timo Glock, Marussia Virgin Racing

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The race is held at the Valencia street circuit, where clouds of dust greeted the return of on-track Formula One action this morning. The track is only used one weekend a year and despite the grand surroundings of the America's Cup harbour, it's also a working port with a fair amount of building and industrial work going on.

As usual on a Friday we ran an installation lap at the start of the session just to check all was well with both cars, taking the opportunity to gather some aero measurements to give us a baseline for the weekend. As we knew the track would be dusty and slippery, we took the opportunity to make some comparisons at constant speeds using various aero configurations before settling into a programme of planned changes.

In the morning, we only ran the Medium "Prime" tyre, and Jérôme and Timo were classified 20th and 21st. In the afternoon, with more rubber down on the track, times began to fall, and towards the day both drivers moved on to the Soft "Option" tyre. Jérôme ran it twice, with a longer run to evaluate tyre degradation, while Timo restricted himself to one run at the end of the session, finishing 20th. Jérôme was hot on his heels in 21st.

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

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Timo Glock

“It has been quite a busy Friday, especially this afternoon. We went through the normal programme and everything feels fine so far. The tyres feel a bit different but the rest is okay. I think we got a lot of good data out of some aero runs we did this morning, and that will hopefully give us a good direction for the future. So far, so good.”

Jérôme D’Ambrosio

“I think it was a good day today. We ran very smoothly through the programme which was great. We focused on the long runs in the second session and gathered some good data for the race. I’m looking forward to continuing tomorrow, as we have arrived at a good basis today.”

We will study the data tonight and use it to optimise the set-up on both cars for tomorrow

John Booth

John Booth, Team Principal

“Overall we’re pleased with how both practice sessions went today. In general we seem in a slightly better position than in Canada – perhaps more like where we were in Monaco –so we are feeling positive for the rest of the weekend. In the absence of any in-season testing, Fridays are now more important than ever and we spent the first part of P1 collecting some valuable aero data on the rear wing which will help us make better set-up decisions in the future. This afternoon, despite Jérôme running the Option tyre fairly early on, he had a good lap and progressed well through his programme, gathering the tyre data which, as ever, will be vital for Sunday. With Timo we focused more on set-up, in particular trying some different exhaust options. We will study the data tonight and use it to optimise the set-up on both cars for tomorrow.”

By: Marussia Virgin

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Timo Glock , Jérôme d'Ambrosio , John Booth
Teams Virgin Racing
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