Glock first to receive ‘new direction’ updates
4 May 2011 – Virgin Racing will introduce a number of upgrades for the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend but, like in 2010 when their fuel tank was too small, only Timo Glock will receive the parts initially. Team-mate Jérôme d’Ambrosio’s car will then be updated for the following event in Barcelona a fortnight later.
“By our own admission it’s been a difficult start to the year, but we actually started doing something about that when we realised back in testing that we had not met our targets,” explains Team Principal John Booth.
“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes since the middle of February and this weekend sees the culmination of all those efforts when we will be able to see just how much we can progress now.
"The extent of our upgrade package for the start of the European season is significant, to say the least. Aerodynamically, it’s a new direction for us and we’re hopeful that it will help us start to turn the corner, although with such a major step it may take us some time to tune it to the race track.
“Jérôme will not have the benefit of the full upgrade package until Spain but he will get a taste of some of the elements this weekend. We are of course mindful of the fact that everyone should have taken a step forward ready for Europe, so we will have to see how we’ve fared versus the rest of the field.”