Virgin Racing's Timo Glock is confident he can do well at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend and he believes the team took another 'step forward' at Hockenheim.
Glock had qualified 20th for the eleventh round in the F1 2010 championship, however, he had to start last after picking up a five-place penalty for a gearbox change. Despite that though, he had a pretty promising race, eventually bringing his car home 18th, the top F1 2010 new team runner, 1 lap up on the Hispania of Bruno Senna.
“I'm looking forward to the Hungarian Grand Prix,” Glock said. “We took another step forward in terms of performance last weekend but we have to make sure the run up to the race is smoother so we can maximise every possibility.”
Asked about the 4.381 kilometre track, Glock added that he really likes it. Indeed he thinks it is one of the best venues on the calendar.
“The Hungaroring is a nice mix of slow-speed and high-speed turns and has a good rhythm,” he continued. “It's non-stop and we seem to be gripping the steering wheel the whole of the lap with no easing up on the hands. It's a great track and one I enjoy.
“I also scored my first podium here in 2008. As the weekend goes on the track tends to improve quite a lot as more rubber goes down and this means the lap time can be quite different from the start of the weekend to the end. This can make it difficult to evaluate set-up changes. Budapest is a fantastic city and there is a great atmosphere during the whole weekend.”
Team-mate Lucas di Grassi is also feeling positive and after failing to finish in Germany and Britain, he will want to try and go the distance this Sunday.
“As usual I have done a lot of work in the simulator to prepare for the Hungaroring,” he said. “It's a pretty physical track which I know well from racing in GP2 here but it's good fun to drive. It is usually pretty hot here but the weather is looking a bit changeable this week, which is unusual for Budapest.
“In the German GP I was running second only to [Heikki] Kovalainen until a suspension problem forced me to retire. But the underlying positive is that the car is performing well and our pace is good, so I think I can be optimistic for a good race here this weekend and hopefully finish ahead of Lotus.”
Virgin team principal, John Booth and technical director, Nick Wirth meanwhile are similarly upbeat.