THE first ever Indian Grand Prix was a challenging outing for Dinnington’s Formula One outfit.
Marussia Virgin Racing’s Jérôme D’Ambrosio crossed the line in 16th position in New Delhi, but said it wasn’t an easy weekend.
Team-mate Timo Glock had an even worse time, retiring after just two laps after Kamui Kobayashi drove into him.
The German driver got caught up in the melée that took place at the start of the race into turn one.
He pitted straight away as his front wing was damaged, but had to make a second visit to the pits one lap later and retired.
D’Ambrosio got off to a clean start and was able to avoid contact. After a first pit-stop on lap 22, he went back out on another set of Pirelli P-Zero soft tyres. He didn’t pit again until lap 55, this time for the hard tyre, and a bold strategy paid off as he ended up ahead of HRT.
The Belgian rookie said: “In the end we did what we had to. The team did a great job with the strategy and I pushed hard to close the gap.”
“But it wasn’t an easy weekend for me.”
“It was a bit strange in terms of the tyres.”
“On the one hand this was good because we could do very long stints without any degradation, but on the other hand it wasn’t optimum for the beginning of the race and qualifying.”
A downbeat Glock described the moment that cost him his race. I just came down into turn one on the outside and all of a sudden I saw bits flying around,” he said.
“I braked a bit earlier than normal and when I turned, suddenly Kobayashi drove straight into me and I couldn’t avoid the crash.”
“My front wing was damaged so I came back in to change it, and we realised that we also had quite a lot of damage on the left side of the car, so we decided to stop.”