Hard toil looms for F1 minnows

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EXPECT Marussia Virgin Racing’s engineers to put in some lengthy shifts before the Spanish Grand Prix on May 22 - with the Dinnington team eager to address their reliability issues.

A gearbox problem prevented driver Timo Glock from competing in the Turkish GP on Sunday.

A fault with fifth gear on the warm-up lap compounded a miserable weekend for Glock, who was due to run Virgin’s new car performance package. However, the new exhaust and floor was taken off Glock’s car after the second practice session in Istanbul because of overheating problems.

Team principal John Booth insists Virgin have plenty to work on regarding the new car package before the Barcelona race.

Booth admitted: “Our focus now moves towards an aerodynamic test at the Idiada proving ground in Spain next Sunday, where we will continue our evaluation of the new aerodynamic package under more controlled conditions in the hope of bringing more to the car in Spain.

“We are also pleased to be providing one of the drivers from our young driver programme - Adrian Quaife-Hobbs from Marussia Manor Racing GP3 - with an exciting first opportunity to drive a F1 car.”