Timo Glock uncertain of Virgin's qualification after the 107 rule-Formula 1 update

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  • Timo Glock uncertain of Virgin

Timo Glock is stressed over the fact that Virgin would be in for a hard tussle to qualify for the race at Albert Park. F1 has reintroduced the old 107 per cent qualifying rule for this season, and - based on the initial Friday time sheet – the rule binds cars to be within about 6 seconds of the first qualifying session pole time on Saturday to qualify for the Melbourne.

Timo Glock and Jerome d’Ambrosio who were driving the new Virgin MVR02 demonstrated a qualifying cut-off in first practice session. In fact they were more than 2 seconds out of the 107 percent window.

Glock said, "We were running quite a lot of fuel. But I think for us it's going to be tight if we can't get the tyres to work. Hopefully in Q1 Red Bull and co. will slow down a little bit and maybe use the hard tyre."

The German driver graduated from karting in 2000 and is one of drivers who have scored a World Championship point in their first F1 race in 2004 Canadian Grand Prix. He stood in for Giorgio Pantano who had a contract dispute with the team.

He has raced for several teams in his career and he came to Virgin because it gave him the certainty of being a lead driver even though he would have to compromise on the car. Now though he seems to be more worried with the rules making qualification doubtful for his team.

But the German can also gain the aspiration from his earlier performances when he was able to out qualify Lotus drivers on occasions with a slow and unreliable car.

He also outshined at Singapore the previous season maintaining a row of faster cars behind him for a number of laps, plus in Korea he was on track for a robust win before his car was crashed by Sebastien Buemi. So he may even be able to qualify with the rule if hestruggles for a solid performance.

Doubts also exist as to the qualification of Vitantonio Liuzzi and Narain Karthikeyan. HRT has failed to get its car out of the nadirs so far and also because the F111’s front wing is believed to have failed the obligatory crash test implying that last season’s model must be used at Melbourne, which is extensively anticipated not to qualify.

 

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