Timo Glock is adamant that Virgin Racing can enjoy a "much stronger" campaign in 2011, after saying that any concerns he had about the team's potential have been laid to rest.
The German publicly expressed doubts about his future commitment to the team last year, on the back of a sometimes troubled debut campaign for the squad. But following end-of-season discussions with senior management to talk through frustrations and map out the future, Glock says he is fired up about the team's potential for 2011.
"We had a good sit-together in the last couple of races. John Booth, [CEO] Graeme Lowdon and myself spent quite a lot of time together, talking about the next year," Glock told AUTOSPORT. "They had some quite positive things, which I think calmed the situation down a little bit, and made life a bit easier for everyone. So, in the end, there was no real discussion.
"The team is moving in the right direction and we've got some good sponsors on board. Marussia [the Russian supercar maker that bought into the team late last year] is a big partner now. I think they are quite straightforward and they want some success in the future, and that's good. That's what the team needs, and in the end we have to find out how quickly we can move up."
Glock believes that changes to the staffing structure, and the experience gained throughout 2010, will pay dividends.
"The team has made a lot of changes in terms of the structure, people moving around, putting them in different positions, which I think has helped quite a lot already," he said. "We're much better, much stronger, than the same time last year. But in the end you need a car which is quick to move forward, and that's what we have to prove this year.
"You can't gain three seconds over the winter – that's not possible, and we have to be realistic about what we have, and the budget we have. We have to try and find a way to move closer to Toro Rosso and all these guys and try to stay with Lotus, or whatever the team is called now! That has to be the target."