It seems like the Virgin Racing Team is having a whole string of home events at the moment. Two weeks ago it was Silverstone, then last weekend we were in Sochi for a demonstration run on Marussia's home soil and now we are off to Germany for Timo Glock's home race.
John Booth, Marussia Virgin Racing’s Team Principal and Director of Racing: “After a positive weekend on home soil at Silverstone, we are looking forward to getting to Germany to continue with our positive progress. We have seen an improvement in pace over the last few races and after our sixth double finish of the season last time out, we have clearly demonstrated strong reliability.
“So we arrive in Germany in high spirits and with the desire to put in another good performance after a weekend in Sochi engaging with our Russian fans. This is also Timo’s home race, so he will be even more encouraged to do well in front of his home crowd. The Nürburgring, where the weather is always notoriously unpredictable, is a historical circuit with a good mix of corners, mostly slow and medium speed. The cars tend to understeer here, so a well matched mechanical and aerodynamic balance is needed to compensate this. It’s a track with quite a lot of grip and it’s not particularly demanding on the brakes.”
Timo Glock, Race Driver #24: “I’m really looking forward to my home Grand Prix in Germany. It’s great to be back at the Nűrburgring, a track where I’ve enjoyed some very good races and a lot of success in the past in Formula BMW, F3 and GP2 as well as F1. The track itself is good fun. The first part is quite technical and the rest is really quite easy to drive.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the German fans. It will be great to feel their support and to have my friends and family around me. It’s always such a special feeling, it’s hard to describe. As I do at every race, I will do everything possible to achieve another strong result for the team.”
Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Race Driver #25: “I can’t wait to race with a Formula One car at such a historic race track like the Nürburgring. This circuit is known for its understeer, so during the practice sessions we will work hard to minimise this effect. But the biggest challenge will be to make sure the tyres stay up to temperature as the weather conditions here aren’t usually very high. The strong performance we put in at Silverstone has given us a big boost and we are confident we can carry that through into another positive weekend.”