Virgin waiting on Turkey car upgrade
13 April 2011 – Marussia Virgin Racing will be focusing on the finer details of its operation and race strategy management in China this weekend, with the squad currently working on an upgrade to its MVR-02 which is scheduled to be completed prior to the fourth round of the championship in Turkey. After struggling for pace so far in 2011, Team Principal John Booth has explained that moving up the grid at Shanghai will be a difficult task.
"After Malaysia, we move on to another Herman Tilke designed track, which always provide a bit of everything for the drivers," Booth commented ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend. "It’s the third and final long-haul race before the start of the European season in Turkey, where we are planning to upgrade the car.
"Whilst the hard work to move us forward takes place behind the scenes at our technical base in the UK, we’re in a bit of a holding pattern performance wise.The best job we can do right now is to keep pushing ourselves operationally and strategically, as we have done over the first two races, to ensure that when the car is improved we are in the strongest possible position to take advantage of every opportunity."
Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock added: "The demands for racing at this Chinese track are to have a car that is stable under braking as well as a lot of traction to exit the corners well. I was pleased with our weekend in Malaysia and while we’re waiting for these steps to move us forward, we must try to maintain the small signs of good progress we are showing at the races."