June.11 – Virgin Racing speedy Jérôme d’Ambrosio has been allowed to race through tomorrow’s Canadian GP, despite absent the 107 percent cut off time by 0.425 seconds in qualifying this afternoon. The judgment was made following stewards took into account an overnight chassis modify, with the Belgian severely damaging his car during a practice crash at the Turn 3/4 Chicane on Friday.
“It’s been a tough 24 hours since my crash yesterday, both for me and the team,” d’Ambrosio commented. “Getting the car built overnight and running again was a huge task for the guys but only half the battle as we then had just this morning’s free practice session to try to arrive at a setup that would enable us to qualify. In the end it wasn’t enough and I’m just very disappointed for myself and the team to have missed out. The car felt completely different to yesterday and clearly Timo’s time is more representative of what we should have achieved in qualifying.
“I am very appreciative of the fact that the stewards have permitted me to race and I’m now focusing on tomorrow.”
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