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Manager insists d'Ambrosio on Virgin's radar for 2011

Speculation is rising once again that Virgin is considering a change to its driver line-up for the 2011 season. Team boss John Booth earlier played down reports he is considering replacing Lucas di Grassi with Jerome d'Ambrosio. The Belgian ...

Speculation is rising once again that Virgin is considering a change to its driver line-up for the 2011 season.

Team boss John Booth earlier played down reports he is considering replacing Lucas di Grassi with Jerome d'Ambrosio.

The Belgian reports said GP2 driver d'Ambrosio, already working with Virgin as its new reserve driver, has been offered Brazilian di Grassi's race seat for 2011 if he can raise EUR 5 million.

"If we can gather the requested budget, Jerome will be in F1 next year," his manager Yves Decorte told La Derniere Heure newspaper.

"And if we can do it quickly, he might even be able to drive on a Friday morning at the end of the season," added Decorte.

"Today we have three fifths of the budget, and I still have a lot of meetings lined up. I rate our chances to be there at 80 per cent," he said.

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