Breaking news straight from the Marussia Virgin Racing headquarters!
Just moments ago, the hottest team on the track announced its driver line-up for next year’s F1 season… Belgian rising star Jérôme D’Ambrosio!
Introduced as the newest face of Marussia Virgin Racing, Jérôme will partner with lead driver Timo Glock in the team’s quest for the 2011 Formula One World Championship!
D’Ambrosio has spent the past four seasons competing in the GP2 Series, prior to which he raced in the GP2 Asia Series, International Formula Master, the F3000 Euroseries and Formula Renault. Alongside his 2010 GP2 commitments, he has also held the role of Reserve and Test Driver for the Renault F1 Team.
His performance had early piqued the interest of the Marussia Virgin Racing team, with Team Principal John Booth commenting that D’Ambrosio had been a front-runner for the seat, but in testing, had proven himself beyond doubt.
“Jérôme had been on our radar for quite some time as a driver we should seriously consider for a 2011 race seat,” said Booth. “But when we put him in the car for the four race weekends and the Abu Dhabi test, he surpassed even our own expectations. He slotted into the team perfectly … coupled with Timo, we have the perfect blend of youth, experience, speed and potential and we can’t wait to see what they can achieve together next season.”
Eager to get behind the wheel when testing starts in February, D’Ambrosio said he had found ‘home’ with the sophomore F1 team.
“I’m thrilled to have achieved my goal of a Formula One race seat with Marussia Virgin Racing. I had a tough test to complete because there was a lot of competition for this seat, but at the same time I got on well with the team and felt that I had found my home. I feel very comfortable with them – they are extremely professional and ambitious people and it is exciting to think that I can be a part of shaping the team’s future.”
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