Marussia Virgin Hungarian GP Friday Practice Report


Data Fest

It was a proper Data Fest in Budapest today, as Timo and Jérôme initially concentrated on collecting information.

Timo and Jérôme were raring to go this morning with practice for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, and both were out first thing in FP1 for their installation laps to check that all systems were working correctly.

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

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From there it was straight into a programme of aero tests, gathering data so that we can choose the best combination for qualifying and the race. It wasn't until halfway through the session that Timo completed his first flying lap, and Jérôme had to wait slightly longer as he had a steering set-up issue.

For FP2 in the afternoon, the programme was geared to further experimenting with various set-ups for the car, as well as using the Soft and Super-Soft Pirellis, which are the designated Primes and Options this weekend.

As usual, the cars ran reliably; Timo completed 63 laps during the day, Jérôme 50.

Timo Glock, Race Driver #24

“This morning was all about aero runs, which is always useful as we are able to collect plenty of data. In the afternoon we worked on the set-up and on some ideas for tomorrow. The main issue at the moment is the tyres, as they are proving to be quite difficult to handle this week, so we will have to have a good look before tomorrow.”

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

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Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Race Driver #25

“It was a pretty good Friday today. We had some useful testing this afternoon and it was good that we didn't see any of the rain that we were expecting. This morning we didn't really work on set-up and instead I concentrated on collecting aero data, but this afternoon we had a good programme and we'll have a lot of data to go through tonight. Overall it was a good day so let's see what tomorrow brings.”

John Booth, Team Principal

“It’s been a busy Friday for us. In the morning we completed plenty of pre-planned aero tests on both cars.

This weekend the tyres are going to play a big part

John Booth

Unfortunately, Jérôme’s changes took longer than expected and he also had a small issue with the set-up of his steering, but in general it was a positive first session. In the afternoon fortunately the weather remained dry and we were able to continue the set-up work on the two cars. At times in the session, we have had the two cars set up quite differently and we need to analyse carefully the data gathered in order to decide how we approach tomorrow.

This weekend the tyres are going to play a big part and this will also influence the decisions we take. It’s clear that our pace is not quite what we’ve been used to for the last few races, so we need to try to add some significant performance to the cars overnight.”

By: Marussia Virgin

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Timo Glock , Jérôme d'Ambrosio , John Booth
Teams Virgin Racing
Tags booth, d’ambrosio, glock, hungaroring, marussia virgin