Virgin star rues brake problem

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A SLIGHT problem with his brakes took some of the gloss off Timo Glock’s weekend on home soil.

A SLIGHT problem with his brakes took some of the gloss off Timo Glock’s weekend on home soil.

The 29-year-old crossed the line in 17th position at the German Grand Prix yesterday but it could have been so much better for the Marussia Virgin Racing driver had he not had a break-related issue with his car in the middle of the race.

He admitted it was “quite a difficult race” and conceded: “I struggled with the braking system from the middle of the race onwards and I wasn’t able to push late, so we have to look into the problem”

Just hours before the race in Nürburgring, Glock signed a contract extension to stay with Virgin. The Star understands the new deal will keep the German with the Dinnington-based outfit until 2014.

“It was an easy decision to make,” he said. “The team has showed commitment for the future and the possibilities are positive.

“The past 18 months of racing have been quite tough, although this was always to be expected. As a driver I knew I would have to go back a few steps in order to move forward. Now we have tasted the difficult times together I can’t wait to be with the team when we start to enjoy the good times.”

Glock’s team-mate, Jerome d’Ambrosio, finished 18th having qualified on Saturday in 22nd place as Virgin recorded their seventh two-car finish in 2011.

John Booth, the team principal, said it was a “pleasing result” and that the team worked “well” under pressure.

At the front of the grid, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton crossed the chequered flag in first place ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who had started on pole. With championship leader Sebastian Vettel fourth, off the podium for the first time in 12 races, Hamilton has cut the deficit to the German to 82 points.