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SPEED is of the essence for Marussia Virgin Racing.

The Dinnington-based team recorded a double race finish for the first time in 2011 at the Chinese Grand Prix, with Jerome d’Ambrosio and Timo Glock finishing 20th and 21st respectively.

While Virgin have vastly improved reliability from last year, John Booth and his cohorts are competing at the back of the grid.

Virgin, three seconds adrift of the teams regularly reaching the second session of qualifying on a Saturday, are bidding to close the gap on the midfield pack when they unveil a new upgrade at Turkey on May 8. Team principal John Booth has confirmed the new performance package incorporates a new exhaust, nose and front wing.