Virgin to delay driver decision

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A DECISION on the second race seat at Marussia Virgin Racing is unlikely to be finalised before December, The Star understands.

Having already tied up Timo Glock for another three years, the Dinnington-based outfit say they are in no hurry to complete their driver line-up.

Jerome D’Ambrosio is currently in possession of the seat and has achieved the team’s three best results to date in 2011.

Graeme Lowdon, the sporting director of Virgin, said: “We are in discussions with Jerome and his representatives all the time.”

Belgian rookie D’Ambrosio has failed to finish just two times this year and Lowdon said Virgin are pleased by the progress he has shown.

“Jerome is doing a terrific job and he certainly has impressed a lot of people,” he said. “We have been impressed with the maturity he has shown because Formula One is not easy.

“He is doing great but there is no immediate rush over the second driver. There is unlikely to be an announcement in the short term.

“It (2012) will be a big year for everyone so we have to make sure we have the right balance. We are keeping all our options open.”