Timo Glock is hoping Virgin takes a big step forward -- in 2012.
The new-in-2010 team has split with technical boss Nick Wirth and tied up instead with banned former Renault engineer Pat Symonds.
And also announced is a new deal with McLaren to take advantage of the famous British team's state-of-the-art facilities at Woking.
"I don't have to say much about McLaren -- it's a very experienced team," German driver Timo Glock told the SID news agency at Silverstone on Thursday. "I hope that with them we can make the jump towards the midfield.
"That's our goal for next year. The main focus is 2012," he insisted.