Jerome eyes consistency

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YOUNG driver Jerome d’Ambrosio acknowledges he can ill-afford any more slip ups if he is to retain his race seat at Marussia Virgin Racing.

In 2011, d’Ambrosio has struggled for consistency. He has been outqualified by teammate Timo Glock on Saturdays but has acquitted himself well on race days in a car short on speed.

But, buoyed by his 18th placed finish in Germany last weekend, d’Ambrosio is optimistic of building on his positive showing in Nurburgring when Virgin take to the track in Budapest tomorrow for round 11 of the Formula One campaign.

The 25-year-old, who replaced Lucas di Grassi at Virgin in December, said: “It [Germany] was a slight turn – I hope – in my season, because until now I have had some bad patches, especially on Saturdays. But in Germany I managed to put everything in place and be close to my teammate all weekend.

“I have finished nine of the 10 races, which is important because it means I have made few mistakes. I have to continue like that.”

Of the track in Hungary, d’Ambrosio added: “I like the circuit even though it’s quite tricky and you need to find a good rhythm. It’s very similar to driving in Monaco – it’s twisty, bumpy and dirty off-line.

Graeme Lowdon, the president of Marussia Virgin Racing, has told The Star the Dinnington-based team are in no rush to make a decision about d’Ambrosio’s future. It is plausible Virgin may wait until December to make their mind up on him.