Lucas di Grassi's crash on Thursday raised fears that Virgin had experienced another wing failure.

Lucas di Grassi's crash on Thursday raised fears that Virgin had experienced another wing failure.

After the new British team suffered a front wing failure recently at Jerez, it was feared Brazilian rookie di Grassi's crash at Barcelona was caused by a broken rear wing.

The Speedweek publication said technical director Nick Wirth studied video footage of the incident to ensure that a wing had not fallen off prior to the incident at turn 9.

But investigations showed that the VR-01, already delayed recently with a chronic hydraulic problem, had crashed because of "experimental control settings".

It meant di Grassi did not return to the track on Thursday, but the 25-year-old insists he is not frustrated by Virgin's teething problems.

"It's not what I want, but it's what I expected," he is quoted as saying by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

"Frustration now would be out of place. On the contrary, I have to motivate the guys in the team.

"If I was with an established team, I would have set myself a goal," di Grassi explained. "In my situation I have to grow with the team; to develop myself and the car at the same time."

Virgin hopes the VR-01, faster only than the Lotus on Thursday, is repaired so that Timo Glock can begin testing as scheduled on Friday morning.

 

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