Booth hails new addition to the team

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MARUSSIA Virgin Racing team principal John Booth expects new boy Jerome d’Ambrosio to push team-mate Timo Glock every step of the way in the 2011 season.

Highly-rated d’Ambrosio joined the Dinnington outfit nearly three months ago and makes his debut in Formula One when the campaign gets underway in Australia.

D’Ambrosio spent four years competing in the GP2 Series before choosing to join Marussia. Aged 25, d’Ambrosio has a wealth of experience in racing, having also had stints in GP2 Asia, F3000 Euroseries and Formula Renault during his fledgling career.

Booth hopes d’Ambrosio, who has replaced Lucas di Grassi, will bring the best out of Glock.

“I want Jerome to push Timo hard,” Booth told The Star. “The main thing is that he keeps a positive attitude and helps push the team forward. We want him to give Timo a run for his money and help with the new car modifications. This is a great opportunity for Jerome - he is going to really benefit from seeing Timo in action.”

Marussia president Graeme Lowdon added: “I love Jerome’s attitude. We are a close knit team and he has slotted into the family quickly. He is a quick driver and I hope we give him a good introduction into F1.”

D’Ambrosio is poised to complete four days of testing in Barcelona next week in the new MRV-02 car, with Glock unlikely to be fit after having his appendix removed.