GLOBE-trotting John Booth flies out to China next week with the aim of steering his Virgin Racing team to their first twin-finish after hitting their first target of the season in sultry Sepang.
Virgin overcame pre-race problems ton get both cars on track at the Malaysian Grand Prix, with Timo Glock upsetting the apple cart by finishing ahead of the biggest names in the game in qualifying and then Lucas Di Grassi overcoming a string of problems to become the team’s first finisher.
The Brazilian missed out of most of qualifying as the pit crew worked furiously on his car and then lost a front end wing plate in a tussle with Lotus’ Heikki Kovalainen—but the big race rookie eventauuly finished 14th to spark the celebrations in the Virgin garage.
Now the team heads to Shanghai with fresh horizons and their slowly, slowly progression curve.
Said Booth, back at Dinnington after flying in from Malaysia: “The aim is now to get both drivers to the finish.
“We’ll modify the fuel system and then we’ll aim to up our performance."