LEAD driver Timo Glock blames Daniel Ricciardo for his early retirement at the Singapore Grand Prix and knows it was another setback for Dinnington-based outfit Marussia Virgin Racing.
Glock was clipped by the HRT Hispania racer early on at the fly-away race two days ago and was forced to withdraw after completing just nine of the 61 laps, having spun at turn 18 and hit the barriers with his right-rear wheel. The German, who finished second in Singapore for Toyota two years ago, said. “I had quite a good start but I lost my positioning with Jérôme [d’Ambrosio] because I was on the outside.
“Then, unfortunately, in the second sector Ricciardo drove into the rear-right of the car and from that moment my steering wheel was not straight, it was quite a lot to the right, and in all the left-hand corners the car was really difficult to drive.”
“I had a lot of degradation on the rear right tyre and then suddenly I lost the rear under braking and when I hit the wall I think it broke the rear suspension and that was it.”
Ricciardo admits he made a ‘mistake’ in going too deep into turn eight of the first lap and accepted responsibility for ending Glock’s race.