Poor Virgin Racing just can’t seem to take a trick in the debut season, suffering yet another double-DNF on their maiden outing at Monaco. Timo Glock was the first to Lucas di Grassi retire when his VR-01 tried to impersonate a crab by steering from behind, and team-mate Lucas di Grassi retired just three laps later.

Di Grassi had enjoyed a brief moment in the sun and getting the team some valuable TV air time, by holding Fernando Alonso up for a few laps as the Spaniard attempted to recover from his pit lane start. The double World Champion would inevitably overcome the Brazilian rookie, but not before a few choice defensive manoeuvres from the youngster.

"The first part of my race today was good," di Grassi told reporters after he retired. "I overtook Timo and had a good fight with Fernando for a couple of laps, but then as soon as we made the pit-stop we had a wheel problem that forced us to abandon the race."

"It has been a very disappointing end to the weekend," Glock added. "I had a problem at the start and then lost position to Lucas, but I had a really good first lap and overtook Lucas and Jarno Trulli at Loews.

"This got me into a good position behind Heikki Kovalainen and I could go at a similar speed to him, but I had a bit too much tyre degradation on the rear and some problems with the brakes as well.

"Unfortunately in Casino corner the rear suspension failed, which ended my race, so we now have to investigate and understand why that happened."

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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