Virgin ace ready for ‘home’ double header

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TIMO Glock is gearing up for a “crazy” month of racing.

The Marussia Virgin Racing driver is relishing the prospect of competing at the British and German Grand Prixs this month.

“These next two races are going to be pretty crazy – it’s the team’s home race and then my own in Germany just two weeks later, so I should lose a few kilos because of the schedule alone,” he quipped. “I’ve had the pleasure of racing in front of the British crowd many times, and it’s a very special feeling to know that everyone is rooting for you regardless of nationality.”

With rain forecast for Silverstone this weekend, Glock expects it to be an entertaining and pulsating race.

He has also welcomed Virgin’s decision to join forces with McLaren, with the two Formula One outfits agreeing a technical partnership with immediate effect. It means Dinnington-based Virgin will have access to McLaren’s facilities, including their driver simulator, test rigs and wind tunnel.

“I’m very pleased about everything that is happening right now as I believe we can really start to move forward,” he said.

Meanwhile, John Booth, Virgin’s team principal and sporting director, has not ruled out giving reserve driver Robert Wickens an opportunity to get behind the wheel of the MRV-02 car before the end of the season.

Wickens has caught the eye in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series where he is second in the standings.

“Robert is doing really well in the Series and will make things pretty difficult if he continues in this vein for the rest of the year,” said Booth.