Despite playing down the rumours mere days ago, Virgin boss John Booth on Friday confirmed Robert Wickens as the team's new reserve driver.
It had been reported Canadian Wickens, 22, backed substantially by Virgin team sponsor and investor Marussia, was set to join the British based team.
But Booth said two weeks ago: "Robert is concentrating on his Renault series."
However, Virgin Racing announced on Friday that he has signed on as a 2011 reserve driver alongside Japanese Sakon Yamamoto.
"Toronto-born Robert will attend each of the remaining grands prix where there is no clash with the Formula Renault 3.5 series, with effect from next weekend's Canadian grand prix", said the team.
"We are delighted to welcome him to Virgin Racing's roster of reserve drivers," said Booth.
It has been reported Wickens is first in line should race driver Jerome d'Ambrosio's sponsors continue to delay their payments.