13 May 2010
Glock: GP2 has 26 cars qualifying...
Former series champion Timo Glock has said that GP2 sets something of a precendent amid talks of split F1 qualifying.
Timo Glock has countered suggestions that this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix should have featured split qualifying sessions for the fastest and slowest cars by pointing out that the supporting GP2 Series manages to cope with even bigger numbers.
The German, who has swapped a potentially front-running Toyota for confirmed backmarker Virgin this season, admits that it will be chaotic having the full field vying for a spot in the second round of qualifying on Saturday afternoon, but insists that there was no precedent for confining the slowest 6-8 runners - effectively the three new teams and one or two others - to a separate session, as suggested by HRT rookie Bruno Senna.
"The point is that we all signed up for [a full field] and the situation is as it is and we can't change it," Glock stressed, "The point is that, in GP2, they have 24 or 26 cars and they manage it as well. It's difficult - I had the same situation in 2007, when I never found a clear lap - but that's Monaco. It is different and we all have to manage it.
"Qualifying will be difficult, as we have to find a way to get two runs in with a clean lap, but the race is another point. We had a lot of blue flags coming up in Barcelona, and that is a really easy track to have a look at your mirrors and see and judge where the others are. That will be a bit more challenging here, but the team is doing a really good job on that and try to inform me as much as possible. We will see how we get around it."
Although, ironically, he found himself on the back row of the Monaco grid in his final year with Toyota, Glock is facing up to life as a backmarker in 2010, and admitted that it was hard to find a rhythm in Barcelona with the difference in speed between the fastest and slowest cars.
"I think my stint was only without any blue flags until the first pit-stop," he noted, "Then I came out of the pits and it started to be from that lap on to the end with blue flags. Here it will be really difficult."
Despite the frustration, however, the German confirmed that he had been happy with the Barcelona race, which had seen him run Virgin's reworked VR-01 - complete with larger fuel tank - for the first time, but admitted that Monaco would be a different proposition.
"It was good for the whole team to bring both cars through the race without problems, and I was quite happy that at least the changes we made worked out," concluded, "Here, I think it will be a difficult one for us. The track will be quite hard for our car.
"We struggle a bit especially in low and medium speed corners with general downforce, so it will be a bit of a struggle. But we will work as hard as possible and be close again to Lotus. We had a good pace in the race in Barcelona against them, but we struggled a bit in qualifying. It is our target to be closer to them again."
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