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Virgin look forward to a ‘challenging’ weekend

Marussia Virgin look forward to an 'interesting' couple of weeks, starting with this weekend's Abu Dhabi GP.
Marussia Virgin believes this weekend's Abu Dhabi GP will offer a demanding challenge ahead of a busy period for the team.

Their priority this weekend however is to resume their two car finish, which remains imperative for the teams 2012 development after Timo Glock failed to finish last time out at India after sustaining damage on the opening lap.

Timo Glock and Jerome d'Ambrosio both look forward to racing on a track they enjoy with the target of achieving an extra two positive results, starting with this weekend's Abu Dhabi GP.

“The season is coming to an end but there are still two quite spectacular races ahead of us. We now head to another Hermann Tilke designed track, the Yas Marina Circuit, which I enjoy a lot,'' said Glock.

''I have to say that this circuit reminds me of different F1 tracks: the temperature is very similar to Bahrain, the track surface is like Hungary or Korea and in terms of lateral forces it is very close to Valencia.''

''I hope we can seal the season with two positive results,” Glock concluded.

“I'm really looking forward to the race weekend ahead in Abu Dhabi. I have good memories of this track as this is where I tested with the team a year ago before getting the drive for this season. A lot has happened since then and I'm glad to be returning again,'' said d'Ambrosio.

''I hope to continue achieving positive results at the last two races of the season,” the Belgian reiterated.

Team principal John Booth, predicts finding the right balance for the car will be key in order for drivers to optimise their set up in the cooling track and ambient temperatures, making the correct tyre choice at the correct time integral.

“One of the most demanding aspects of the weekend is that the race and qualifying are held at sundown so the track is cooling rapidly. This means that the car balance and tyre grip levels are changing throughout the stints and one of the challenges of the weekend will be to keep adjusting wing angles and tyre pressures to keep everything consistent,'' Booth summed up.

by Simon Evans



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blzbub

November 09, 2011 5:05 PM

Charles Pic has signed to race for the Virgin team (to be renamed Marussia Grand Prix) in 2012 alongside Timo Glock. He will be the first Frenchman to race in Formula 1 since Romain Grosjean drove for Renault in 2009.

Taz - Unregistered

November 08, 2011 1:40 PM

Biggest disappointment of 2011 I'd say. HRT actually moved forward a bit unlike them. Maybe next year with Pat Symonds on board and ditching CFD only then they might get somewhere.



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