F1 - Melbourne Grand Prix review

F1 - Melbourne Grand Prix review

Here is the first F1 race report of the season from the Melbourne Grand Prix by Timo Glock, Jerome D'Ambrosio and the Marussia Virgin Racing team.

The Marussia Virgin Racing team achieved its objective of bringing two cars to the chequered flag in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Both Jerome D'Ambrosio and Timo Glock completed the race, with Timo finishing in an unclassified position and Jerome managing 16th place in his first ever F1 race.


Jerome DAmbrosio said he was "really happy with his debut race with Marussia Virgin Racing.

He said: "I started really well and I felt comfortable in the car, even though I think that I could have gone a bit faster at the end of the race. But the most important thing is that we completed the race and this will give me plenty of experience which will be useful for the next races.

"I would like to thank the team for a great job all weekend. We had a very productive time and we will carry the lessons through to the next race in Malaysia and hopefully start moving forward from there."


Timo Glock was pleased with the car's speed but struggled with a front left wheel problem. He commented: "I was behind Jarno Trulli, then caught him and got past him in the pitstop. Unfortunately at the pitstop the front left wheel was loose and I had to drive round for one lap very slowly then come into the pits.

"Unfortunately the drive pegs were damaged but we repaired it, and I at least was able to rejoin the race. For the first couple of laps it was okay but then the car had quite a lot of vibration, so I just tried to focus on finishing the race. In the end it was a little disappointing but at least we demonstrated good reliability and brought both cars to the finish."


John Booth, Marussia Virgin Racing Team Principalwas satisfied with more track time to gather data and improve performance.

He said: "First and foremost we have to be happy that we achieved our objective of a two-car finish.

The problem with Timos wheel is disappointing and even when he was back out on track his progress was hampered as a consequence of the damage sustained. Jrme delivered a good debut race performance so he can feel very proud of what he has achieved this weekend. Finally, congratulations to the team for a big push for the start of the season."

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