IN AN unforgettable, rain-interrupted Canadian Grand Prix, Marussia Virgin Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio once again enhanced his burgeoning reputation.
The Belgian starlet was only given permission by the stewards to race in Montreal late Saturday night, having failed to set a time within 107 per cent of the best Q1 time in qualifying.
D’Ambrosio, in his debut year in Formula One, managed the slowest time of the session following a heavy crash in the second free practice run at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. However, the stewards allowed him to start from the back of the grid.
But, after a thrilling race, d’Ambrosio brought the Virgin car home in 14th position, one place above his team mate Timo Glock.
D’Ambrosio, who picked up a penalty during the race when the team incorrectly switched him to intermediate tyres before the race suspension, said: “It was just an unbelievable race. We were in a racing situation for about four hours. I’ve never experienced anything like that. It was something quite special.
“There were quite a lot of ups and downs - before the red flag I stopped twice and then suddenly after the restart I found myself racing with Timo and I thought, what’s happening? It was crazy!”
With seven laps to go, Glock was 14th before being overtaken by d’Ambrosio and Hispania’s Narain Karthikeyan. The German was promoted to 15th following Karthikeyan’s penalty.