Virgin Racing is keen to begin the season's last five races with a strong showing in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, a track which both Timo Glock and Jerome D'Ambrosio rate very highly.
The team head to Suzuka after a mixed race in Singapore which saw D'Ambrosio finishing a strong race in eighteenth while Glock, after making contact with HRT's Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap, subsequently hit the wall and retired later in race due to handling issues.
As a result, Glock heads to Suzuka looking to right the wrongs from Singapore.
“I look forward to driving again at this very fast circuit," he said. "It was disappointing for my race to end so early in Singapore and not be able to help the team. This means I look forward to the Japanese Grand Prix even more and I'm now 100 percent focused on the weekend ahead.
“Suzuka is such a fun and challenging circuit, I really enjoy racing here. The figure-of-eight layout is really unique and with the Spoon Curve and high-speed 130R corner, it's a really demanding circuit with a thrilling fast-flowing lap, similar to circuits like Silverstone or Spa. 130R is one of the fastest corners in Formula One and you really have to think about how you approach it - it's a real buzz to take the corner carrying so much speed."
D'Ambrosio also heads to Suzuka in an optimistic mood and looks build on his strong race showing from Singapore.
“I would say that my last race in Singapore was my toughest race ever but I was happy with the result and it was an important accomplishment for me in my racing career," he said. "I hope I can have a few more like that in the remaining races of the season."
This year's race in Suzuka however has another dimension following the tsunami in which rocked the country and the world back in March, something which will be on everyone's mind including team principal John Booth.
“Japan has always held a special place in the hearts of the F1 teams and drivers. It's a fantastic driver's circuit - one of the classics - and the enthusiasm of the fans is incredible," he said. "The F1 fraternity was heartbroken to see the devastation caused by the earthquake and Tsunami eight months ago and the widespread suffering as a result, so our return there this year will be all the more poignant."
by Simon Evans