Virgin Racing boss John Booth is hopeful the upgrades to be introduced by his team in the Turkish Grand Prix will help the squad turn the corner following a poor start to the season.
The team will have a major aerodynamic upgrade for this weekend's race, having admitted that the MVR-02 has not produced the downforce levels it was hoping for. Booth says this weekend will see the culmination of months of hard work to rectify the situation, and he is hoping the upgrades will get the team back on track.
"By our own admission it's been a difficult start to the year, but we actually started doing something about that when we realized back in testing that we had not met our targets," said Booth. "We've been working hard behind the scenes since the middle of February and this weekend sees the culmination of all those efforts when we will be able to see just how much we can progress now.
"The extent of our upgrade package for the start of the European season is significant to say the least. Aerodynamically it's a new direction for us and we're hopeful that it will help us start to turn the corner, although with such a major step it may take us some time to tune it to the racetrack. We are, of course, mindful of the fact that everyone should have taken a step forward ready for Europe, so we will have to see how we've fared versus the rest of the field."
Booth said only Timo Glock will get the full upgrade package in Turkey, with teammate Jerome D'Ambrosio having to wait until the Spanish Grand Prix.