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Australian GP: Qualifying notes - Virgin

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27/03/2010

Virgin Racing's Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi ended their second qualifying session of the 2010 season in 21st and 22nd positions respectively in the timesheets.

In this morning's session, Timo and Lucas achieved 12 and 18 laps respectively. Together with their engineers they were able to refine the set-up for Qualifying and the Race, with Lucas managing to fit in a run on the softer option tyres in order to collect valuable data. Timo's last run was compromised by a filter blockage, but generally both drivers were more comfortable with the car today.

Timo Glock: "We had another tough morning so all I could do is try to get the best out of the car in Qualifying. We were carrying more fuel than we would have liked because of a pick-up problem, otherwise I think we would have been able to have more of a fight with Lotus. Anyway, we'll do what we can to prepare for tomorrow and see what the race brings."

Lucas di Grassi: "Free practice was okay for me and the car was feeling quite good. I was certainly feeling some improvement. I didn't manage to maximise the performance of the car in qualifying as I made a mistake on my quick lap. I'm looking forward to the race as the car is behaving quite well with heavy fuel."

Nick Wirth, Technical Director: "Lucas had a trouble-free morning although he had an unexpected low fuel pick-up problem, which ultimately badly affected both himself and Timo in Qualifying. Timo had another blocked gearbox filter, which meant he went into Qualifying having not tried the option tyre and with a similar fuel pick-up issue. So in the end I think both guys did a good job in Qualifying considering the extra fuel they were carrying and the lack of practice time during the weekend. Sometimes it may not seem like it, but we are getting on top of the issues as they arise and we'll see if we can make further progress in the race tomorrow."

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