Timo Glock is pinning his hopes that a scheduled upgrade for the British Grand Prix will be big enough to see the team renew its fight to be best of the rookie outfits this season.
The Manor Motorsport run operation has had a troubled gestation in its debut season, with the all-CFD VR-01 running well off the pace and plagued by horrible reliability. On top of that, it embarrassingly discovered its fuel tank was too small to see it through to the chequered flag, forcing a hasty FIA-approved re-design and putting it further behind on the development timeline.
Despite having delivered some impressive performances, it has been an inconsistent season and the team is in danger of being overtaken by the continually-improving Hispania Racing outfit.
Glock has had a tough transition moving from the bountiful resources of the Toyota F1 operation to the much smaller operation at Virgin Racing, but is still pressing for the development on the VR-01 to be lifted further, and is hoping that the British GP upgrade will improve the team’s results and morale.
“We’ve made a step in the right direction but we still need more,” Glock said. “I hope we make a big step in Silverstone, where a new upgrade comes – and we will see what is possible then.
“I have to say I was quite surprised by the Cosworth engine. In terms of power it is pretty good, and I am quite happy with it.”
Glock admitted that the developmental delay caused by the fuel tank fiasco has hampered the team’s momentum.
“The first three months of the year cost us a lot of development time with all the updates we had. The updates are now coming, but they are little steps and we need more. That is where we have to improve,” he said.
“We have to develop the car [more]. The car is far too heavy, and mechanically and aerodynamically we are just not where we should be.
“Mechanically the car is really, really bad over bumps and we have to improve. We don’t have the spec like the others, or what I had at Toyota, and that would bring us a good step in the right direction.
Asked about the chances and timeframe of Virgin Racing being able to score a championship point on merit, he answered: “In a real race, we are far away. At the moment, if we get a magic upgrade for Silverstone which we need then maybe, but realistically not.”
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]