Drivers upbeat over Valencia prospects

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A MIX of long fast straights and slow corners await Marussia Virgin Racing at the Valencia Street Circuit.

After an enthralling Canadian Grand Prix earlier in the month, the fledgling Formula One outfit are seeking a fourth two-car finish of the season in Spain.

Of the seven races to date, Virgin drivers Timo Glock and Jerome d’Ambrosio have finished in China, the European GP and Canada.

Glock, who crossed the line in Valencia in 19th position in 2010, said: “Valencia is a race that often divides opinion but I really like the circuit and find it an interesting challenge. It’s a track where we really have to keep our eye on the ball – much like Monaco – because the fast straights and the closeness of the barriers mean you can easily become unstuck.

“For us it’s a case of doing the best job possible with our equipment, bringing both cars home and continuing to make good calls from the pitwall to ensure we are there to take advantage of opportunities along the way.”

D’Ambrosio is no stranger to the Valencia track, having sampled it during his GP2 Series days.

“It’s a technical track with a very interesting final sector and so I can’t wait to drive here in an F1 car,” he said. “The race in Canada was a great experience for me - it was a rather disappointing qualifying session but in the end I had some really good moments during the race that will only help me to develop as a driver and I’m optimistic of a good weekend in one of the best European race venues.”

John Booth, Virgin’s team principal and director of racing, added: “The track calls for good traction and we also need to keep an eye towards the brakes here because of the stop-go sections of the circuit.”