Virgin aiming to finish in Malaysia

Date published: April 2 2011

Virgin Racing are not expecting any miracles in Malaysia next weekend, conceding that getting both cars to the finish is their goal…

Virgin Racing are not expecting any miracles in Malaysia next weekend, conceding that getting both cars to the finish is their goal.

Although Virgin’s drivers, Timo Glock and Jerome D’Ambrosio, qualified for the previous race in Australia, it was not a successful Sunday for the team.

Glock failed to finish the race due to a problem with his front left wheel while D’Ambrosio was the final runner to see the chequered flag, four laps down on the race winner.

And, unfortunately for the team, they are not expecting any miracles in Malaysia as there will not be any major updates to their VR02.

“This round of long-haul races means there are few developments we can bring to the car until the next significant upgrade for Turkey,” said team boss John Booth.

“Our focus for now is on gathering as much data as possible to plough back into the development cycle to ensure we can go on to make those bigger steps through the season.

“This time last year we were struggling with reliability issues that were preventing us from finishing races. This year we’ve demonstrated that we are on top of that and that is a much better starting point to build upon.

“We know what we have to do, so whilst that work is taking place behind the scenes, the best job we can do is to keep bringing cars home and focusing on smaller incremental steps.”

Glock added: “The Sepang track has a lot of character and it’s very physical, with Turn 14 being one of the toughest corners of all.

“It’s a race I will enjoy so we will try to make the best of our current package and aim to get both cars to the finish.”