Time running out for Virgin to speed up

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THE target for Marussia Virgin Racing in five days time is straight forward in principle - but pulling it off is another matter.

The Formula One minnows hope to extract more from their new car performance upgrade at the Spanish Grand Prix following a productive straight-line test at the Idiada Proving Ground last weekend.

Having refined a new blown exhaust system, the Dinnington-based team are looking to increase the speed of the MRV-02 model to help push drivers Timo Glock and Jerome d’Ambrosio further up the grid.

Graeme Lowdon, the president of Virgin, told The Star: “We need to improve the speed of the car. It is not going as quick as we wanted or expected. We are doing a lot of work to try and increase the overall pace of the car.”

John Booth, Virgin’s team principal and director of racing, said: “We head to Barcelona this week optimistic that we can continue to make another step forward. We had a positive aerodynamic test at Idiada last weekend. We’re on proper European soil now for a couple of races which, coupled with the fact that we’re very familiar with this track through testing, makes things easier. This circuit is a known-quantity and we have a lot of data from 2010 and the two pre-season tests to work with means that we have a good knowledge base from which to set the car up.”