Glock: McLaren wind tunnel work a boost
2 January 2013 – Timo Glock says the aerodynamic work that has been carried out by his Marussia team at McLaren's wind tunnel 'looks very positive' for future seasons, with the German driver hopeful of moving up the Formula 1 grid in 2013.
The Banbury-based outfit first entered the sport as Virgin Racing back in 2010, competing with a solely CFD-designed car. Since then, it has substantially widened its research methods, something which fills Glock with optimism.
"I think the wind tunnel work paid off since we went to McLaren, and that looks very positive for the future," he said. "It was a difficult year in 2012 with a very difficult start; going to Australia with no testing. But I think since then we've improved the car quite a lot.
"I didn't think that we'd close the gap as we were 1.5 seconds off Caterham, then we closed it very quickly over the second half of the season, which is great."
Glock's new team-mate, Max Chilton, is also optimistic about Marussia's chances in 2013. The Briton, who is preparing for his Formula 1 debut, says the performance projections made by Technical Consultant Pat Symonds are extremely encouraging.
"The car sounds very, very good," Chilton told GPUpdate.net. "With the addition of KERS as well, that’s just free time. There’s no loss of time by installing it. KERS in itself would put us further up the grid and if we’re having the car they say we will then it’s going to be a very promising year. Pat seems to think we’ve found a lot."
Marussia and Caterham, the two surviving teams from the three which joined Formula 1 ahead of the 2010 campaign, are yet to record a points-scoring result.