Advantage Virgin

F1 Grand Prix of Istanbul - Qualifying

Turkish Grand Prix

The words ‘Turkey’ and ‘exciting’ don’t often get placed in the same sentence, but that is exactly what happened today. Even the usual back markers were getting into the swing of overtaking with a lot of movement going on.

Jarno Trulli started as the best driver and quickly kept that advantage, Bruno Senna also took advantage and overtook Timo Glock from the start.

It took several laps before Glock regained ground on Senna and overtook again, with Lotus looking strong in the lead. Di Grassi, who had to start from the pitlane was just ahead of Karun Chandhok.

Impressively, especially after a disappointing race in Monaco when none of the new cars even finished, it took 35 laps before the fist retirement, Jarno Trulli going out on track, just half a lap later and Heikki Kovalainen pitted to retire with the same issue, hydraulics.

There was a good battle between di Grassi and Senna, but Senna retired after 51 laps, shortly followed by Chandhok just a few laps from the end.

Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 18th 10
2 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 19th 6
3 Karun Chandhok Hispania 20th 4
4 Bruno Senna Hispania Ret. 0
5 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Ret. 0
6 Jarno Trulli Lotus Ret. 0



It is hotting up now. Karun Chandhok is now level with Heikki Kovalainen due to his consistent finishes., but is in second due to the fewer amount of ‘wins’ to his name. Despite this, Kovalainen hasn’t scored any points since China. For the first time all season, Timo Glock has moved off the bottom spot which is now filled by Bruno Senna.

Driver Team Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 30
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 30
3 Jarno Trulli Lotus 25
4 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 20
5 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 16
6 Bruno Senna Hispania 10


Virgin’s perfect weekend has seen them catch up with Hispania, now just four points behind them and less than 20 points behind Lotus, who’s lead is ever so slightly getting cut down. They haven’t been too impressive lately.

Team Points
1 Lotus 55
2 Hispania 40
3 Virgin Racing 36

Posted on May 30, 2010, in New Teams Championship and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. With the well known air-hostess bet between Tony Fernandes and Richard Branson, the question occured to me as to how they will decide between Lotus and Virgin as to which team shall have won?

    The official result is the Constructors’ Championship. Neither team are likely to score any real points so their relative positions will likely be by countback.

    At present, the official standing has the order as Lotus, HRT, Virgin (as you do). Kovalainen’s 13th in Australia gives Lotus the lead, Chandhok has two 14th places for HRT, and di Grassi provided Virgin with a single 14th place in Malaysia.

    Obviously, your scheme would be better but it is highly likely this bet will be decided on the single best result fluked by either team, which seems naff.

    (Incidently folks, view my alternative championships at effjuan here, including the all-new engine, nations and tyre championships.)

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