Virgin Racing Wants Glock to Stay in 2011

As Renault F1's list of potential candidates for a 2011 race seat includes current Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock, it's needless to say that Sir Richard Branson's supported organization will do anything in its power to retain the German driver for an additional year.

Although coming to Virgin as a triple podium finisher in the series, Glock recorded solely 4 race finishes in 10 events. Nevertheless, he was the only driver truly capable of battling against Lotus F1 duo Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen (the pace setters for the new teams this season) in qualifying and has helped a lot in developing the VR-01 through the first half of the season.

Talking about the prospect of keeping Glock for the upcoming campaign, technical director Nick Wirth expressed his hopes that the German will want to continue the project started one year ago.

We've got another year on the contract with Timo, but like anything in life everyone has got to want to carry on. Timo understood that we were a new team and he wanted to be part of something that was growing going forward,” said Wirth, according to Autosport.

We were so lucky to have a driver with his talent, ability and experience join us at his age. It's up to us to try and deliver on that,” added the Virgin official.

Additionally, Wirth insisted that his team is quite happy with the achievements of rookie driver Lucas di Grassi, despite the fact that he failed to make such a good impression in the 10 rounds so far.

The disadvantage is that Lucas is naturally a bit heavier than Timo. For all of the new teams, weight is an issue so he's still got a disadvantage. It's to do with us and we're working very hard on it,” added Wirth.
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