Virgin Racing sign D’Ambrosio for 2011 season

Brussels: The Virgin Racing Formula One team have signed up Belgian Jerome D’Ambrosio to drive for them next year partering Germany’s Timo Glock. He will replace as the team’s second driver, Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi.

A team statement said that D’Ambrosio had successfully concluded an evaluation role with the team, which saw him take part in the free practice sessions of the Singapore, Japanese, Korean and Brazilian Grands Prix.

When he lines up in the opening race of the 2011 season in Bahrain on March 13, he will be the first Belgian driver to compete in Formula One since Phillipe Adams 17 years ago.

Bureau Report