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Wirth: Virgin are getting on top of issues

Virgin Racing technical chief Nick Wirth insists that the team is getting to grips with its technical issues
Virgin Racing technical director Nick Wirth insists the team is getting to grips with its problems despite Timo Glock encountering more issues on Saturday in Australia.

Glock was forced to deal with a fuel-filter blockage in practice and was then forced to carry extra fuel in qualifying due to fuel pick-up problem.

That left the German 21st on the grid – behind both Lotus drivers – while team-mate Lucas di Grassi will start 22nd.

The Brazilian had also suffered a low fuel pick-up issue during but despite the problems – which follow the news that Virgin will need to redesign its car to fit a larger fuel tank – Wirth insisted the team was getting to grips with issues it has faced.

“Lucas had a trouble-free morning although he had an unexpected low fuel pick-up problem, which ultimately badly affected both himself and Timo in qualifying,” Wirth said. “Timo had another blocked gearbox filter, which meant he went into qualifying having not tried the option tyre and with a similar fuel pick-up issue. So in the end I think both guys did a good job in qualifying considering the extra fuel they were carrying and the lack of practice time during the weekend.

“Sometimes it may not seem like it, but we are getting on top of the issues as they arise and we'll see if we can make further progress in the race tomorrow.”



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Paul Kirk - Unregistered

March 27, 2010 9:05 PM

Seems strange that a g/box oil filer should get blocked, maybe someone put a handfull of stuff in it. They didn't have fuel pickup problems previously, what's going on? PK. :rolleyes:

fellainishair - Unregistered

March 28, 2010 3:30 AM

Sounds to me like a spin being put on to try and mask the fact that the car is a hopeless dud. Beardie Branson must be regretting his decision to go for the cheap option by sponsoring and rebranding Manor, rather than continue the Mercedes/Brawn association. You really do wonder whether one of these cars will finish a race before half way through the season. Its been a long time since we've seen such an iherently unreliable (and worse, SLOW and unreliable) car in F1.



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