Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock has all but conceded that it would be impossible for the outfit to overtake chief rivals Lotus in the Constructors’ Championship with just four races of the 2010 season remaining.
With nine of the twelve constructors having achieved points’ finishes this season, the final spot up for grabs in the sport’s commercial prize money pool (with the top-ten teams earning free international freight and additional revenue from Formula One Management), is between the three rookie squads: Lotus, Virgin and Hispania Racing.
But it is Heikki Kovalainen’s 13th-placed finish at the Australian Grand Prix that remains the best finish of any rookie team driver, putting Lotus ahead of the other two teams.
However, Virgin may actually need to set its sights a little closer to home, with Karun Chandhok’s pair of 14th-placed finishes at Australia and Monaco putting HRT ahead of Virgin Racing as well!
For the Manor Motorsport-owned squad, Lucas di Grassi’s 14th-placed result at Malaysia is the outfit’s best finish this season, while Glock sits with a highest 2010 finish of 16th from Hungary.
“It will be very difficult [to dislodge Lotus],” Glock told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “Maybe if there’s a crazy wet race or something like that. Otherwise I don’t see any chance.”
The battle for pride between Lotus and Virgin doesn’t just end at the financial windfall, however, as more pride will be at stake due to a bet between Lotus boss Tony Fernandes and Virgin Racing owner Sir Richard Branson that was cast at the beginning of the season.
The duo – airline magnates of Air Asia and Virgin Airlines respectively – agreed that the loser will be forced spend a day on the other’s airline in full stewardess regalia!
[Original image via LAT]