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Virgin Racing preview the Belgian GP

Tuesday 23rd August 2011

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Virgin Racing preview the Belgian GP

Virgin Racing preview the Belgian GP

Virgin Racing are eager to get going after the summer break with Jerome D'Ambrosio gearing up for his first home GP.

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Timo Glock: "After the back-to-back races of Germany and Hungary it was really nice to have a break and relax, but now I can't wait for the second part of the year. To come back racing in Spa is a perfect way to pick up the rest of the season. It's one of my favourite races, it's a fascinating layout and a historical circuit. The track is very fast and long, with some very tricky corners, so any small mistake ruins the lap. The weather is often a factor, especially due to its changeable conditions. Rain can come very quickly here, but this is part of the thrill of racing here. I'm really excited and I'm looking forward to the weekend ahead."

Jerome D'Ambrosio: "I have been looking forward to my first Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix for a very long time, and now that the weekend has finally arrived I have to say that I am really excited and I can't wait to race in front of my home fans. It's been a long time since Belgium had a Formula 1 driver, so it's going to be a very special weekend both for me and the fans and I'm going to try to enjoy every moment. There's nothing like racing at home and Spa is clearly one of my absolute favourite circuits. Its layout gives everything one could want as a driver - fast corners, hills and long straights. It really is one of the most challenging laps in the world. And we can't forget the legendary corner of Eau Rouge. It's just amazing! It's been great to have a break and chill out with my friends and family, staying away from planes and hotels. I am now fully prepared for the weekend at Spa and I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car and racing at home."

John Booth, team principal: "After having a couple of weeks off over the factory shutdown period, we've all come back refreshed, ready and looking forward to the second part of the season. We are raring to go and want to put in another good performance at the Belgian Grand Prix to continue with the good run of double-car finishes we enjoyed in the first part of the season. From Canada onwards we have been able to finish every single race with both our cars staying out of trouble and showing good reliability, so we've got to make sure we hang on to our good form. Spa-Francorchamps is an excellent track to start the eight-race run to the end of the season. It's a classic race of the Formula 1 season with a mix of high and low-speed corners separated by long straights, making it a proper mid-downforce track. It's important to have good change of direction at this track as so many of the corners lead into one another and having a stable rear end at high speed is also vital. The weather is always unpredictable so we will have to be ready to react during the weekend. This is going to be Jerome's 12th race in F1, but it's a special weekend for him as he is racing at home. I'm sure this will make him push even harder and it will be great to see all the Belgian fans supporting their driver at their home race."

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