D’Ambrosio aims to cut gap on Glock

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JEROME D’Ambrosio is determined to make life as uncomfortable as possible for Marussia Virgin Racing team-mate Timo Glock in the remaining nine races of the 2011 Formula One campaign.

The Belgian rookie, in his first year in motor sport’s premier competition, finished 10 seconds behind Glock at the German Grand Prix on Sunday.

Indeed, D’Ambrosio crossed the line in 18th position following a race-long battle with Hispania’s Daniel Ricciardo at the back of the grid.

“I feel like I’m back on the right track and although there’s definitely more improvements I can make, particularly in qualifying, I’m going in the right direction,” said d’Ambrosio, who is in talks with Virgin over extending his stay with the Dinnington-based outfit. “The last few weekends have been a bit tough. I’d like to keep this momentum in Hungary before the break and stay as close as possible to Timo.”

D’Ambrosio is expected to pen a new deal with Virgin and maintain his partnership with Glock, who ended speculation about his own future by signing a new three-year contract just hours before the race in Nürburgring.

Glock cited the technical partnership with F1 powerhouse McLaren as one of the contributing factors behind his decision to stay.

Andy Webb, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin, said: “Timo’s contribution to the team over the past 18 months has been immeasurable and he has certainly lived up to his commitment to help build a team from within.

“It has been a tough climb at times, and for a driver of his unquestionable record it must have proved frustrating at times.”