LUCAS Di Grassi sparked celebrations in the Virgin Racing camp after becoming the first team man to take the chequered flag this season.
After reliability problems with both cars in both Bahrain and Australia, Virgin were hampered by more problems when Di Grassi’s car was in pieces immediately prior to qualifying in Malaysia.
But when Timo Glock reached the second qualifying round during Saturday’s rain-hit session it upped the morale in the Dinnington team’s camp.
Glock crashed out after nine laps when he hit Jarno Trulli after his anti-stally system failed, but Di Grassi hit back to complete the race in 14th to beat three other drivers and wipe away the notions that Virgin weren’t able to finish races because of fuel capacity problems.
Said Virgin’s Technical Director Nick Wirth: “Finally getting one of our cars to see the chequered flag is a great reward for everyone at Virgin Racing and Wirth Research and I want to thank all of our partners, sponsors and supporters for their patience and understanding during the last few months.”