It would seem that the Virgin Racing outfit has – temporarily, the team would hope! – taken over the mantle of the slowest F1 car from the Hispania Racing outfit at Canada, with the Spanish outfit clearly having the measure of the Manor Motorsport operated team so far this weekend.
The British team travelled to Canada with a specially-designed low-downforce aero package tailored to the high-speed nature of the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve. The team has raised many eyebrows by electing to design its VR-01 chassis exclusively with the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and without any wind-tunnel testing time, a decision that has so far not appeared to work in the team’s favour.
It appeared to be more of the same this weekend, with Timo Glock emerging as the quicker of the Virgin driving pair, but trailed the leading rookie team, Lotus, by over a second in the opening practice session. The gap blew out further in the afternoon’s running, as both he and team-mate Lucas di Grassi brought up the rear of the timesheets in both sessions.
Certainly, Glock didn’t seem very impressed with the new aero updates when asked about them!
“I think we were a bit optimistic with our package for here,” he smiled ruefully.
[Original image via GP Update]