D'Ambrosio happy to have done well in home GP
Marussia Virgin Racing drivers Timo Glock and Jérôme D’Ambrosio finished in 17th and 18th positions respectively in a fascinating Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit today. While many others had to retire, both Virgin drivers could fight each other until the finish line.
The sun broke through the clouds this morning to welcome Jérôme D’Ambrosio to his first ever home Formula One Grand Prix. He got off to a good start and delivered a clean and tidy race from start to finish in front of the Belgian fans. Unfortunately, Timo had a difficult start when he locked his front tyres at Turn 1 and crashed into Paul Di Resta. He was forced to pit for a new front wing and to enable the team to check for damage but was able to continue in the race, although he did incur a drive through penalty.
With Jérôme in 17th position chasing the HRT cars, Timo was in 22nd position. A Safety Car period which closed the field again provided the perfect opportunity for both Timo and Jérôme to pit. From then on they both ran a solid race, achieving Marussia Virgin Racing’s ninth two-car finish of the season.
Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Race Driver #25:
“I’m pretty happy about my race I have to say and I was very comfortable with the car balance. It was quite difficult at the start as there was a lot of debris and at one point I thought I had a problem but in the end it was a smooth race. It was also a bit tough in the last laps of the race trying to save fuel. It was the first time I ever had to do that so I had to try to adapt. It was something different but that’s just more experience for me and it worked out okay. I’m very pleased how things went in my first home Grand Prix. There were quite a few incidents today so I focused on keep it nice and clean and in the end the team has another good two-car result. It’s been a great way to start part two of the season.”
Timo Glock, Race Driver #24:
“It was a bad start to the race as I made a mistake into Turn 1. I hit the brakes, locked the front tyres and had no chance to avoid the crash with Paul Di Resta. Unfortunately I destroyed his car and his race a bit, so I have to say sorry for that - it was my mistake. But I got a penalty for it and had to pit to get a new front wing and check the car as it felt a bit strange after we hit. But in the end I just tried to bring the car back home, closing the gap and overtaking one of the HRTs. I have to say the boys did a great job with the pit stops and overall I’m happy with the result.”
John Booth, Team Principal:
“Congratulations to Jérôme on a very pleasing race and solid result in his home Grand Prix. Whilst he unfortunately lost out to the HRTs at the start, he very quickly found his way past Liuzzi, and with Ricciardo’s retirement his real only opposition was his team mate to the end of the race. Timo had a very good start but was perhaps a little ambitious with his braking for the first corner, and his ensuing coming-together with Paul di Resta meant that he had to stop for a nose change on the first lap. The Safety Car enabled him to get back into the race and, once he had overtaken Liuzzi, his race was really about trying to catch up to Jérôme. We’re pleased with the reliability of both cars, however we didn’t quite get our fuel consumption predictions correct from the Friday data, which meant for the second half of the race both drivers were having to work hard on their fuel saving. Again the pit crew performed well in what was quite an eventful race for them.”