Happy Friday! As the weekend is getting close, we turn our sights to South Korea, also poetically called the ‘Country of Morning Calm’. However, it may not be so calm for Marussia Virgin Racing Drivers, Jérôme d’Ambrosio, Timo Glock, and reserve driver Robert Wickens, who are getting ready for this weekend’s Grand Prix race at the 5.615 km Yeongam track. With the track being tighter and more twisted than the Suzuka circuit in Japan (home to last week’s race) with off-camber corners scattered throughout, this may not be an easy ride!
Did you know that Yeongam is one of the few anti-clockwise tracks that features five slow turns and two obvious spots for overtaking? It also features a mammoth 1.2 km straight (one of three high speed stretches) — the longest straight of any current Asian Formula One circuit.
Having driven for the team in FP1 for five race weekends last year, Jérôme is not entirely a stranger to this circuit but both drivers have been refreshing their memories for this year with hours and days of practicing!
And did you know that we have another superstar on the team? Congratulations to our reserve driver, Robert Wickens, after he secured the World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship in Barcelona last weekend! Going into the weekend, it was a full-on nail-biting fight to the finish for Robert and his French teammate, Jean-Eric Vergne. But their eagerly-awaited duel was cut short when they clashed at the start, with Wickens being forced to retire. The Frenchman battled on, however, and was a virtual champion before having to pull himself out just ten minutes from the end, allowing the Canadian to become the seventh man to win the FR 3.5 Series.
So, besides good weather (last year’s race in Korea was a rainy mess!), what are the drivers hoping for? Jérôme D’Ambrosio, who drove on the Yeongam track last year, found it fun and is looking forward to his Korean experience this year:
“I’m looking forward to this race – the track was definitely a fun one to drive last year, even with just my brief experience of it in FP1. It’s a very different kind of race, coming from somewhere like Japan where F1 is very established and the fans are just incredible with their support, to a new territory like this and seeing how it can grow from the grass-roots level,” he said.
Good luck guys!