Pit stop strategy has Timo feeling happy

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MARUSSIA Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock said he was “quite happy” with his performance in the Spanish Grand Prix.

The German racer crossed the finishing line in 19th position following a three pit-stop strategy at the Circuit de Catalunya yesterday. Glock’s team-mate Jerome d’Ambrosio came home in 20th place as the Dinnington-based outfit recorded a double finish.

In qualifying on Saturday, Glock was classified in 20th position while d’Ambrosio, in his debut year in Formula One, started the race from 23rd on the gird.

Glock said: “In general I think we got the best out of the car today and we had a good strategy in terms of managing the traffic, so overall I’m quite happy.”

John Booth, Virgin’s team principal, said Glock, - overtaken by Vitantonio Liuzzi on the first lap - struggled in his first stint because there was a small vibration issue in his set of tyres.

But he added: “After stopping for a new set of option tyres, Timo made light work of getting past Liuzzi and was able to run at his true pace for the rest of the race.”

He said d’Ambrosio was plagued by a braking problem throughout the weekend.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel pipped Lewis Hamilton to the chequered flag to seal his fourth win in five races. Reigning world champion Vettel has now opened up a 41-point cushion at the top of the standings.

Jenson Button came third despite a poor start, dropping from fifth on the grid to 10th by the end of the first lap.

1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault; 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes; 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes; 4 Mark Webber RBR-Renault; 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari; 6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes; 7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes; 8 Nick Heidfeld Renault; 9 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari; 10 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari; Also: 19 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth; 20 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth.

STANDINGS: 1 Vettel 118pts; 2 Hamilton 77; 3 Webber 67; 4 Button 61; 5 Alonso 51; 6 Rosberg 26; 7 Heidfeld 25; 8 Massa 24; 9 Petrov 21; 10 Michael Schumacher 14.

CONSTRUCTORS: 1 RBR-Renault 185; 2 McLaren-Mercedes 138; 3 Ferrari 75; 4 Renault 46; 5 Mercedes 40.