Timo Glock has admitted that his Virgin Racing team is struggling to get on top of the reliability issues that have dogged the early part of its season.
With hydraulic problems having hits its winter testing, and further reliability struggles hampering its preparations in both Bahrain and Australia, Glock has expressed some frustrations about the difficulties his outfit is facing.
"There was trouble with the gearbox again," said Glock about losing track time on Friday in Melbourne. "We thought we had it under control, but another problem came up straight away in the morning – and in P2 too."
When asked if he had noticed any improvement in the reliability issues over the weeks since the car first hit the track at Jerez in February, Glock said: "No. At the moment we are at the same level we had at the tests. I thought it had improved...but if we can run only 10 laps then that does not help us."
Glock also believes that even more pre-season testing would not have helped matters, in the wake of suggestions from Bruno Senna that the new outfits should have been allowed more track time in the winter.
"We started testing quite late and the car was not ready before February," he said. "I think there would not have been more time for more testing, and you need time to sort out the problems, so it would have been quite tight before the first race.
"It would have been good in the European season to do some tests in between – but we signed up for F1 and there is no extra space for us where we can go testing. It is like it is, but we will see."