Marussia Virgin head to F1 season finale at Sao Paulo targeting a positive end to a relatively disappointing 2011 season during this weekend's Brazilian GP.
The sense of optimism which surrounded the team at the beginning of the season unfortunately never translated into any eye catching results and instead the team have seemed to move backwards and go into the season finale behind both Lotus and HRT once again.
Despite this, both Timo Glock
and Jerome d'Ambrosio arrive at Brazil with a positive outlook as they both intend to produce the right result which will hopefully give the team a springboard in momentum for 2012.
Glock is looking forward to the variety that the Interlagos circuit offers with a range demanding high speed corners along with the twisty middle sector of the circuit – resulting in finding a happy medium in terms of car balance imperative.
“I really enjoy racing at the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo," he said. "Even though it's not a very long lap, it is one of the most demanding challenges on the F1 calendar, with some great corners - for example turn six, an uphill double right hander, which is fast and blind.
"The car has to be stable through the twisty middle section as well as being quick on the straights, so a good balance will be key."
Team mate d'Ambrosio although a rookie does arrive at this weekend's race with previous experience of the Interlagos circuit following his Friday running here last season. The Belgian seems to be well informed of the characteristics which surround the Brazilian race and predicts the unpredictable weather conditions to throw a spanner in the works.
“The last race of the season takes place at the fantastic track Interlagos," he said. "The last section, the stadium, is really impressive and great to drive, as well as the Senna S and turns six and seven. As with Abu Dhabi, it's another anti-clockwise track, making it a total of five in the season.
“The Brazilian Grand Prix
is also known for its unpredictable weather - I always remember the Qualifying session in 2009 where it looked like it was never going to stop raining! So you never know what to expect here, which makes it an even more exciting weekend."