Virgin positive despite d'Ambrosio setback
29 July 2011 – Virgin Racing finished 21st and 22nd in Hungary’s second free practice session, with Timo Glock and Jérôme d’Ambrosio comfortably ahead of the HRT cars but unable to get on terms with the Lotus pairing, which was some 1.4 seconds further up the timesheets.
“It’s been a busy Friday for us,” explained Virgin Team Principal John Booth. “In the morning we completed plenty of pre-planned aero tests on both cars. Unfortunately, Jérôme’s changes took longer than expected and he also had a small issue with the setup of his steering, but in general it was a positive first session.
“In the afternoon fortunately the weather remained dry and we were able to continue the setup work on the two cars. At times in the session, we have had the two cars set up quite differently and we need to analyse carefully the data gathered in order to decide how we approach tomorrow.
“This weekend the tyres are going to play a big part and this will also influence the decisions we take. It’s clear that our pace is not quite what we’ve been used to for the last few races, so we need to try to add some significant performance to the cars overnight.”