Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Virgin Yet To Announce Second Driver

It was announced prior to the German Grand Prix that Timo Glock has agreed a new deal, which will keep him with the Marussia Virgin team until 2014.

However, upon completing his qualifying laps at the Nurburgring on Saturday, Glock was heard apparently criticising his mechanics on the radio "You make my life difficult in the last two races - the car is just so difficult to drive at the moment". Comments which he later claimed were made in jest.

The Virgin team however have not yet made a decision regarding his team mate for 2012. The team's CEO, Graeme Lowdon, said that now Glock has signed there is no need to rush the decision on a second driver. A decision will probably be made once the season has finished.

Virgin's current number two, Jerome D'Ambrosio, has clearly impressed the team so far this year. However in 2010, Lucas di Grassi outperformed Glock in several races and actually finished higher in the Championship standings than the experienced German, yet despite this he was not retained for a second year.
D'Ambrosio, however, is believed to have brought sponsorship with him. Whether this funding will continue for a second year remains to be seen.

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