DINNINGTON’S Marussia Virgin racer Timo Glock ended his season by criticising his own team.
The stewards may penalise Virgin after the German was released from a pit stop during the Brazilian Grand Prix with a rear wheel nut missing.
The incident caused Glock, 29, to retire with three wheels, and he commented: “I cannot say very much. It’s just pretty difficult that after two years such a mistake is made.”
Former Toyota driver Glock joined the start-up team in 2010. He signed a new deal midway through this campaign, and his experience will be key if Virgin are to make headway. Team-mate Jerome d’Ambrosio finished in 19th position. The Belgian has managed to finish 14th on two occasions this season but appears set for the axe.
The Brazil event saw Mark Webber end his victory drought by taking the final chequered flag. Webber’s first win for 26 races came at the expense of Sebastian Vettel as his Red Bull team-mate was forced to drive for the bulk of the 71-lap race with a gearbox issue. That did not stop Vettel from conjuring a one-two for Red Bull at Interlagos, appropriately so in a year they have dominated from the start.
Behind them, Jenson Button continued his stunning end to the year by claiming his eighth podium in the last nine races, so finishing second in the drivers’ championship. However, it was a sorry end for McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton as he retired with a gearbox issue.
Yesterday, after suffering a first-lap puncture in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago that forced him into his first retirement of the season, Vettel’s getaway from his record-breaking 15th pole of the year was smooth enough.
He then blitzed the opening few laps, opening up a 3.3secs gap after three, and at that point the stage was set for another romp to the line. But from the 12th lap the team announced the gearbox problems with the 24-year-old’s car that steadily worsened as the race moved towards half distance.
Beyond the first round of stops and at the start of lap 30, Webber eased past his team-mate into the first corner, and from that point there was no looking back as the Australian took a deserved win.