Timo Glock is banking on race strategy to make the most out of tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix – after a difficult weekend for Virgin racing.
The German driver could only manage twenty-first, but was happier after his team revered to a higher downforce set-up overnight.
Team-mate Luca di Grassi was frustrated with his qualifying run, after experiencing traffic and failing to make amends for his crash in practice three. The Brazilian will start twenty-third.
Timo Glock – 21st: “It was quite a difficult session for us today. Because of the problems we had yesterday the car wasn’t perfect but we did made quite a nice step overnight which got us close to Lotus today. The car is still quite difficult to drive over the kerbs and bumps but reverting to a higher downforce set-up was the right direction. We will look at the strategy and see how we can make the most of tomorrow’s race.”
Lucas di Grassi – 23rd: “It was not a very good qualifying for me today. For my second run I got a lot of traffic – especially with Kobayashi – and I was not able to extract the maximum from the car. I lost the quickest two laps because of this. The car is still some way from the optimum set-up for here so we will now look at the best strategy for the race tomorrow and do the best job possible. I’d like to thank everyone in the team for their great work in getting the car back together in time for Qualifying after my ‘off’ in Third Practice this morning.”
Nick Wirth, Technical Director: “Our overnight changes brought us closer to our expected pace here, but in two very different ways. Lucas decided to stick to our Canada-specific aero package, whilst Timo wanted to run more downforce. The tyre issues that all teams have faced have definitely made our Canada package look a bit light on overall downforce, which we saw in the speed trap from FP3, where we had both the fastest and slowest top speeds of all teams! In reverting to higher downforce, Timo has also been somewhat compromised by what aero parts we have available here, so we couldn’t give him the aero efficiency that we had in Turkey, which is why he was a bit slower in qualifying than we can do at the moment. I think Lucas would have found a bit more speed in his last run on a different tyre, but we head into tomorrow’s race with both ends of the downforce range covered and with another double finish our main target. With tyre problems expected tomorrow for all teams, I think the race could be one for the fans, so let’s see what we can achieve.”