Timo Glock was encouraged with the pace of his Virgin VR-01, despite finishing behind both Lotus drivers.
The German had leapfrogged Heikki Kovalainen during the pit stop sequence, only to lose out to the Finn after being caught out by a bump.
Despite this the 28-year-old was impressed with the upgrades on his car and hopes to move forward in future races.
Team-mate Lucas di Grassi was forced out of the race with a hydraulic failure
Timo Glock – 18th: “I had a bad start again and lost position against Jarno and Heikki. In the race I tried to stay with the Lotus, which pulled away slightly. When Heikki went in to the pits I had two really good laps and came in to the pits. The boys did a really good pit stop which brought me out in front of Heikki. Then I was following Jarno and I tried to keep up with him but I had a really big oversteer moment over a bump and nearly lost the car. Heikki then overtook me and so I finished behind the Lotus. On a positive note the pace was good and I was fairly happy with the car.”
Lucas di Grassi- DNF: “We didn’t have a very good day. The car was good at the start but then we lost hydraulic pressure which ended my race. I am obviously disappointed but on a positive note, the car is showing great progress and I am looking forward to the next race.”
John Booth, Team Principal: “I’m really pleased with how the Team worked together this weekend. We had a number of challenging issues during Free Practice, when the boys managed to get Timo back on the track with minimal loss of track time and in the Race we had a faultless pit stop, reflecting all the hard work and practice that we’ve been putting in. The new aero package works well with the mechanical upgrade we fitted in Valencia, meaning that we are in a strong position to keep moving forwards at Hockenheim.”
Nick Wirth, Technical Director: “A mixed result today. We have clearly made a good step forward in performance and had a race-long battle with the Lotus cars. This was somewhat spoiled when Timo lost ground to Heikki in the yellow-flag section caused by Alguersuari’s off, which allowed Heikki to get in Timo’s slipstream and eventually pass. Lucas has fallen victim to another hydraulic gremlin, just when he was in the thick of the action, and we will address this for Hockenheim. But the progress is clear and our battles, finishing position and fastest race laps show how tight things are now. We know that every bit of performance counts, so we’ll be looking to bring more updates to Hockenheim and the races beyond, with great confidence that they will translate into yet more speed.”