JEROME d’Ambrosio will stick with his new chassis at the European Grand Prix, Marussia Virgin Racing team principal and sporting director John Booth has admitted.
The Belgian racer, in his debut year in Formula One, heavily damaged his MRV-02 car in Canada earlier in the month when he clipped the kerb on the exit of turn four, pitching him into the outside barrier. in the second session of practice.
Although the 25-year-old walked away unscathed from the crash, it meant Virgin’s mechanics spent the night building him a new car from the spare tub.
“Jerome will use the new chassis in the future,” Rotherham-born Booth told The Star. “We will repair the other car but we are working with the other chassis.”
Despite his setback in Montreal, d’Ambrosio crossed the line in 15th position, one place above teammate Timo Glock.
“Jerome did a fantastic job under the circumstances,” he said. “I’m sure it would have knocked his confidence but he is a very calm, young fellow and he responded well.”