Marussia Virgin Racing drivers Timo Glock and Jérôme D’Ambrosio finished in 17th and 18th positions respectively in a fascinating Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won ahead of team-mate Mark Webber and McLaren’s Jenson Button, after Lewis Hamilton crashed out.
For Dinnington-based driver D’Ambrosio it was a memorable event; his first ever home F1 Grand Prix. He got off to a good start and delivered a clean and tidy race. Glock, though, locked his front tyres at Turn 1 and crashed into Paul Di Resta. He was forced to pit for a new front wing but was able to continue.
D’Ambrosio, said: “I’m pretty happy about my race I was very comfortable with the car balance. It was quite difficult at the start as there was a lot of debris and at one point I thought I had a problem but it was a smooth race. It was also a bit tough in the last laps of the race trying to save fuel.
“It was the first time I ever had to do that so I had to try to adapt. It was something different but that’s just more experience for me and it worked out okay. I’m very pleased how things went in my first home Grand Prix. There were quite a few incidents so I focused on keeping it nice and clean and in the end the team has another good two-car result. It’s a great way to start part two of the season.”
Glock added: “It was a bad start to the race as I made a mistake into Turn 1. I hit the brakes, locked the front tyres and had no chance to avoid the crash. Unfortunately I destroyed his car and his race, I am sorry for that; it was my mistake.
“But I got a penalty for it and had to pit to get a new front wing and check the car as it felt a bit strange after we hit. But in the end I just tried to bring the car back home, closing the gap and overtaking one of the HRTs. The boys did a great job with the pit stops and overall I’m happy with the result.”
John Booth, Team Principal commented: “Congratulations to Jérôme on a very pleasing result and solid result.
“Whilst he unfortunately lost out to the HRTs at the start, he quickly found his way past Liuzzi, and with Ricciardo’s retirement his real only opposition was his team mate to the end of the race.
“Timo had a very good start but was perhaps a little ambitious with his braking for the first corner and his ensuing coming-together with Di Resta meant that he had to stop for a nose change. The Safety Car enabled him to get back into the race and, once he had overtaken Liuzzi, his race was really about trying to catch up to Jérôme.”