Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi can be well pleased with their efforts after their two Virgin Racing cars completed high-mileage sessions worth of running on the team’s first appearance on the streets of Monaco.
Di Grassi was the quicker of the pair in the opening session, despite still running with the older-spec, smaller fuel tank VR-01, and was second quickest of the rookie teams’ drivers behind Lotus’ Heikki Kovalainen.
Lucas – who will receive the larger-tank iteration of the VR-01 at the next round in Turkey – commented after the day’s running: "I felt comfortable straight away with the way the car was behaving. I think we are closer to the other teams than we were in Barcelona and in Free Practice 2 I was able to finish ahead of one of the Lotus cars and do a lot of laps.
“We had a small issue in Free Practice 1, no problems at all in Free Practice 2, so I’m very confident we can have a strong qualifying on Saturday," he added.
Despite suffering a gear selection malady in the second practice session, Timo was also pleased with how the day had panned out.
"Today was quite good with the car, no major problems," the former Toyota driver said. "In Free Practice 2 we struggled a bit with the gearbox – the seamless shift wasn’t working in that session, which was a bit of a shame.
"But in general, no problems and we found a good setup. Let’s see what happens on Saturday, fight hard with Lotus again and see where we are."
[Original image via GP Update]