TIMO Glock was left ruing the gearbox problem which stopped him from trying Marussia Virgin Racing’s new car upgrades in Istanbul.
The German racer suffered the issue in the reconnaissance lap on the grid and was forced to return to the pit lane. Despite a herculean effort from the Dinnington-based team’s engineers to fix the problem, Glock had no choice but to retire from the Turkish Grand Prix, the fourth race of the season.
“It was very frustrating to experience a problem with fifth gear just as I was making my way to the grid,” he said. “I have to say the team did an amazing job to try to get me back on track but it just wasn’t possible.”
It was a challenging weekend for Glock, with Virgin removing his new exhaust and floor elements before qualifying on Saturday, as the team experienced teething problems with their modifications. Team principal John Booth added: “We’re disappointed for Timo; we’ll look into the data to understand why this happened.
“Having experienced many gearbox issues last year and then to make such enormous strides with the quality of the preparation this year, it’s unusual that we should experience this problem.” Glock’s teammate, Jerome d’Ambrosio, endured an eventful grand prix.
The Belgian was handed a five-place grid penalty after ignoring yellow flags in Friday’s practice session. The stewards deemed d’Ambrosio had not slowed down when Pastor Maldonado spun his car. It meant he started the race from the back of the grid. D’Ambrosio, in his debut year in F1, showcased his talent and potential by overtaking the two Hispania’s after he switched to a two-stop strategy. He shrewdly preserved his Pirelli prime tyres to cross the line in 20th position. Sebastian Vettel stormed to his third pole to flag success while McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button finished fourth and sixth respectively.