Virgin to have a 'pretty close' to B-spec car for Turkey
22 April 2011 – Virgin Racing Team Principal John Booth has revealed the upgrades the squad will introduce in Turkey are 'almost' significant enough to warrant giving the car a B-spec designation. The outfit are hoping the changes will allow it to make a major step forward after a disappointing start to the new season.
“I think it is fair to say that we didn't make any step forward [from 2010 to 2011],” Booth conceded in an interview with Autosport. “Graeme [Lowdon – president] keeps a log of performance over a weekend and he overlays them to 2010, and it is almost identical right now.
“The whole pattern of the weekend – the gap in P1, the gap in P2. Even our struggle to qualify in Australia was identical to last year. So we have stagnated, we haven't moved on – and that is the most disappointing thing.
“But hopefully we have recognised some of the problems, and the upgrade in Turkey will put a lot of that right. But that will only put us where we should have started in Australia.”
Booth meanwhile confirmed that the recruitment of ex-Renault Technical Director Pat Symonds as a consultant has been done to give them an insight into where they have been going wrong.
“I think it is fair to say that Pat, who has only been working for us for two months, is undertaking an overview of the team,” Booth added.
“He works with the engineers daily, but his main job at the moment is to take an overview of where we are. I am sure within a month or two he will give us some conclusions and pointers.”