| LONDON, March 14
LONDON, March 14 Formula One tailenders Virgin
Racing are 'behind the target" and will find it tough to move up
the starting grid in the season's early races, their German
driver Timo Glock said on Monday.
Team principal John Booth had set an aim of reaching the
second phase of qualifying (Q2) once the season starts in
Australia next week but Glock told Reuters that it would be a
"At the moment, looking at the tests, that will be difficult
in the first couple of races," he said at an event to promote a
new sponsorship deal with business and financial broadcaster
"I think we will have to wait for the bigger upgrade which
comes to Turkey (the first European race in May) where everyone
will bring an update," he added.
"As far as I see it at the tests, we are still away from the
midfield teams and (getting to) Q2 will be difficult. Especially
Toro Rosso picked up quite a lot of speed over the winter and
they look very strong. Sauber as well.
"They were all the teams where I thought we could catch up a
bit more but they made quite a big step and we still have to
make a big one. It looks like we are a bit behind the target at
the moment," said Glock, also noting that fellow 2010 newcomers
Team Lotus appeared to have pulled away.
The main goal for the first four long-haul races, he said,
was to finish races and hope that others slipped up.
Virgin were one of three new teams last season, all of which
failed to score a point, and ended up last overall in the
They are now racing under a Russian licence after securing a
title sponsorship with Russian sportscar maker Marussia.
Glock missed the last pre-season test in Barcelona last week
after having surgery to remove his appendix but he said he would
be fit for Melbourne.
"It feels like I am 10 kilos lighter now and that gives us a
bit of an advantage in Australia," he joked.
"I feel okay. All good. I'm back in training a bit, got the
stitches out on Friday and went straight on the bike on Saturday
"It felt all right. The muscle is still a bit stiff and that
takes a while but I think i should be back at my (usual) fitness
levels in Australia. I'm not worrying because I trained quite
hard over the winter."
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