Italy preview quotes: Virgin

Timo Glock: "It was great to be back racing in Spa after the break and already the pace of the last part of the season has really picked up. I'm looking forward to the next six races as there is going to be a real energy as everyone fights hard to achieve their objectives. We're no different and we're pushing very hard to end the season as the best of the new teams. I love racing at Monza. It's such a great track and I love the history attached to it. The old part of the circuit with the banking is spectacular. But as for the part we run on today, it's very different to most of the circuits we race at. It is very quick and we run in a very low downforce configuration to get the straight-line speed required for the straights. My favourite part of the track is Ascari, which is good fun. The straight at Parabolica is also good in qualifying when you're trying to get the maximum out of the car and leave your braking as late as possible."

Italy preview quotes: Virgin

Lucas di Grassi: "I feel the same way about racing at Monza next weekend as I did about racing in Spa last race. They are both fantastic, legendary circuits which I have raced at before but the first time round in an F1 car is always going to be extra special. I have done a lot of work in the simulator to prepare and I think we have a good package for this race, so we need to focus on finding a good balance for our low downforce trim. The objective is the same as ever and everything counts now we're on the home straight to the end of the season."

John Booth, Team Principal: "It's hard to believe there are just six Grands Prix remaining. The 2010 race is really on now for all of the teams, as this is where it can all come good or it can all run away from you. From our point of view we need to do the best job possible in every session of every race weekend to achieve our own objectives for our debut season. It is also hard to believe that this is the final European race of the season and the last time we will have the relative comfort and familiarity of our race trucks and motorhome, which have served us well. There can be no better venue to end this leg of the season than Monza however, as this is a truly fantastic circuit. The last race weekend in Spa was a challenging one given the weather conditions and the build up to race day, but I am very pleased with what we have in terms of a race team operation and for that matter the continual improvements we have made in all areas of late."

Nick Wirth, Technical Director: "The wonderful Monza circuit really is out on its own now in terms of its requirements for an extremely low-downforce setup in comparison to the other tracks. Mechanically, the ability to ride the Monza kerbs is crucial for lap-time as well as having a great engine. We've done a nice package for this track and with our season's mechanical developments plus our strong Cosworth engine, we're hoping to put on a good show in front of the Tifosi at our final European race of 2010."

shares
comments
Ferrari waits on team orders hearing

Previous article

Ferrari waits on team orders hearing

Next article

Hill: Ferrari shouldn't get big penalty

Hill: Ferrari shouldn't get big penalty
Load comments
The 70s US superteam that tried and failed to crack F1 Plus

The 70s US superteam that tried and failed to crack F1

Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing was briefly one of the biggest names on the US motorsports scene, but its ambition outstripped its resources. STUART CODLING relates the story of a Formula 1 campaign cut off in its prime

The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory Plus

The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory

As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire

Formula 1
Oct 25, 2021
US Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a baking hot afternoon at the returning Circuit of the Americas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield

Formula 1
Oct 25, 2021
Why F1's misunderstood party animal will thrive in retirement Plus

Why F1's misunderstood party animal will thrive in retirement

Three years on from Kimi Raikkonen's last Grand Prix victory at Austin, he is now six races away from ending the longest Formula 1 career in history. His friend and former Ice1 Racing rally team PR man ANTHONY PEACOCK explains why there’s nobody quite like the 2007 world champion and why F1 will miss him (but he won’t miss it)

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Plus

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material Plus

Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021
How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull Plus

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be another close contest

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021
The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen Plus

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021