• Brazilian Grand Prix - Virgin preview

'We've put an awful lot in place for the future'

ESPNF1 Staff
November 19, 2011
Virgin has aimed to produce a reliable car this year © Sutton Images
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John Booth, team principal "I always look forward to the Brazilian Grand Prix. It has provided some excellent racing in both wet and dry conditions in the last few years. It's a unique track: the anti-clockwise layout, the bumpy surface and the famous Senna S make it a true test of driver skill and a real challenge for the drivers. This is of course the final race in what has been a tough but eventful year for the team. We've put an awful lot in place for the future however and whilst it's always sad to end one season, I'm already looking forward to the next. Reliability has been the watchword of our 2011 campaign but, disappointingly, we have experienced a couple of problems in the last two races which have prevented us achieving the two car finish that we have been consistently racking up through the year. I hope we can reverse that situation and end 2011 on a high by getting both cars to the finish next weekend."

Timo Glock "I really enjoy racing at the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo. Even though it's not a very long lap, it is one of the most demanding challenges on the F1 calendar, with some great corners - for example turn 6, an uphill double right hander, which is fast and blind. The car has to be stable through the twisty middle section as well as being quick on the straights, so a good balance will be key. It's a really fun track to drive and I would say it's one of the best circuits of the year in terms of the atmosphere. The Brazilian spectators are passionate about racing and it really is amazing to drive here. I can't believe it's already the last race of the season - the year has raced by and I hope to end the season with a positive result."

Jérôme D'Ambrosio "The last race of the season takes place at the fantastic track Interlagos. The last section, the stadium, is really impressive and great to drive, as well as the Senna S and turns 6 and 7. As with Abu Dhabi, it's another anti-clockwise track, making it a total of five in the season. The Brazilian Grand Prix is also known for its unpredictable weather - I always remember the qualifying session in 2009 where it looked like it was never going to stop raining! So you never know what to expect here, which makes it an even more exciting weekend."