New upgrade to put Virgin back on track

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TEAM principal and sporting director John Booth is convinced Marussia Virgin Racing’s forthcoming car upgrade will make them more competitive on track.

The Dinnington-based outfit are set to unveil a major new performance package at the Turkey Grand Prix this weekend. It will include new exhausts, a new floor, a new front wing, improved brakes and a tweaked diffuser.

Virgin hope the upgrade will increase the level of downforce they generate and enable drivers Jerome d’Ambrosio and Timo Glock to challenge arch rivals Lotus Renault.

Booth, who jets out to Istanbul today, says everything is on schedule and claims the package will make Virgin go between one to two seconds faster per lap.

He told The Star: “We had a slight issue with the exhaust but we will get that sorted before Turkey.

“If the upgrade works, as expected, we are still going to be another major upgrade away from breaking into the second session of qualifying.”

After the opening three races, Virgin are languishing at the back of the grid and are consistently three seconds behind teams reaching the second session of qualifying on Saturdays.

“The car performance has stagnated,” said Booth. “We have not understood the single diffuser technology.

“We are hoping to understand it by the time we get to Barcelona. We will hopefully see the real benefits then of the new package.”