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GP Week : Issue 110
F1 NEWS >> 107% rule looming for Virgin VIRGIN Racing may become the second team to fail to qualify for a Grand Prix in 2011 according to driver Timo Glock, unless they can bring big improvements to the MVR-02 over the course of the season. Glock and team-mate Jérôme d’Ambrosio qualified on the back row of the grid in Australia last Sunday, with d’Ambrosio lapping just four tenths within the 107 percent cut-off. Virgin were one of three new teams on the grid in 2010, when a 107 percent rule was not in force, and were aiming to be fighting with midfield teams such as Toro Rosso, Sauber, Force India and Williams this year. Instead they find themselves having lost time to the frontrunners, while main rivals Team Lotus have jumped further ahead also. “ We went forward in terms of the whole structure of the team,” Glock was quoted as telling Autosport. “the work from the mechanics and engineering side is much better than last year. But performance-wise, in my opinion, we moved backwards. The others just made massive steps. We are just not able to make these big steps.” When asked if he was worried Virgin would fail to qualify for the forthcoming Malaysian Grand Prix, having seen HRT unable to make the cut in Melbourne, he admitted the fate of the team was in the hands of the front-running teams who set the benchmark for the 107 percent time. “Definitely. At one point we were 105 percent off, I think, so we had a bit of a margin. But if the other guys put soft tyres on and really go for it in Q1, we will be massively in trouble,” he answered. “ The balance of the car is not that bad. Simply, we just have not enough downforce, and the people in the team have to realise that.” Adding to Glock’s woes is the news that the MVR- 02 will not feature any new parts until the Turkish Grand Prix in May, meaning no extra performance being available to him for the challenging circuits of Sepang and Shanghai. While main rivals HRT have a new-spec front wing coming for Malaysia, Virgin standing still may well see them drift further backwards in the pecking order. No car updates until May The Hulk takes sponsorship into his own hands FORCE India reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg has embarked on a brand new and radical initiative to secure sponsor’s cash – by tattooing their logo to his forearm! Having recognised the need to get his sponsor’s message to his fans, and with no space left to display their logo on his driver overalls or his F1 car, he took the radical step to get a tattoo of his sponsor on his left arm. Katjes is the sponsor behind the revolutionary plan, in a deal that is the first permanent agreement of its kind in Formula One. “ This is an innovative way to offer attractive space to the sponsor,” Hulkenberg said. “ The space on the racesuit and on the team shirts belongs to the team – but I can decide about my forearm by myself.” “ We are glad that Nico has offered us this attractive sponsoring space,” Katjes’ CEO Tobias Bachmüller commented. “It proves that both parties are interested in a long-term cooperation.” However, should things not work out between Hulkenbert and Katjes, the agreement includes provisions to have the tattoo removed at the expense of the sponsor. “Seeing today’s technology this does not mean a problem at all,” added Hulkenberg. “And the costs for the laser therapy will be paid by Katjes pursuant to our contract.” Unsuspecting readers of his website were soon informed that the April 1st announcement had been a hoax ... Radical move to shake up sponsorship in F1? 12