Virgin head into summer break on high
2 August 2010 – Virgin Racing, like fellow debutant teams Lotus and Hispania, enjoyed a double finish in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix and now move into the month-long summer break with confidence ahead of Belgium.
Timo Glock began Virgin’s weekend with what Team Principal John Booth described as a ‘mini celebration’ in qualifying, starting highest of the six drivers from the tail-ending squads before he and team-mate Lucas di Grassi raced to 16th and 18th positions respectively on Sunday.
“I had a great start but I took the wrong line into the first corner, going round the outside when the inside would have worked out better, and I lost several places,” he said, having finished second with Toyota two years ago. “When the Safety Car came out I had to queue behind Lucas in the pits, because he was first in.
“After the Safety Car, I was behind Kovalainen and then Trulli pitted later and came out straight in front of me and we had a bit of a battle into Turn 1. Then I just tried to follow Lotus but with all the blue flags I couldn’t help but drop back and ended up finishing 16th.
“Thanks to everyone in the team for all their hard work so far and I’m sure we can look forward to some good results in the rest of the season. I’m having a week’s holiday and the rest of the break will be taken up with training, so that we all come back ready for action again in Spa.”
“I had a very good first lap and I was running just behind Trulli and in front of Kovalainen,” di Grassi added. “When the Safety Car came out we decided to pit; it was the perfect strategy move, as it put me ahead of the new team cars, but unfortunately there was a problem with one of the wheels and I had to come in again on the next lap for another stop.”