Timo Glock has said Virgin Racing is as ready as it can be ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix and the opening round in the F1 2010 season.
Although pre-season testing didn't exactly go to plan for the Sheffield-based outfit, with 'mechanical trials and tribulations' limiting running, Glock remains upbeat and has hailed the efforts of all at the team.
“Pre-season testing has been pretty eventful for our team. We saw some very positive signs of the potential of the car and the team, but we also experienced some reliability issues and too much rain, the combination of which prevented us from maximising our track time,” Glock admitted. “However, if I stand back and look at what we have built together in the space of only nine months, we should all feel pretty proud.
“Here we are, heading into our first race and I'm very excited. We're as ready as we can be. We're a small team but we have the resources and people to keep building something special together and that is what we must all keep in mind as we progress.
“We have some great team members at Virgin Racing who know what it takes to be quick and what we have to do to get to where we want to be. Our objective remains to be the best of the new teams and that particular race starts this weekend.”
Glock's team-mate, Lucas di Grassi meanwhile is also looking forward to Bahrain. Indeed for him Sunday will be a landmark in his career, as it will be his first race at the pinnacle of the sport and unsurprisingly he can't wait.
“It's very exciting to be here at last, ready to take part in our debut Grand Prix. It's also my own personal F1 debut which definitely makes this weekend the high point of my career,” he continued. “I'd like to thank everybody in the team for the hard work and determination that we have all seen, especially over the past few weeks in pre-season testing.
“It hasn't always gone our way but the team have fought hard and their spirits are high. Bahrain will be a tough challenge for sure. We will need to learn how to get the maximum out of the car in race weekend conditions.”