Jerome looks to get up to speed in qualifying

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LIKE Marussia Virgin Racing, Jerome d’Ambrosio is playing catch up.

The promising Belgian drive, who is in his debut year in Formula One, acknowledges he has to post better times in qualifying to start climbing up the grid.

The 25-year-old has performed well in his opening eight Grands Prixs but he insists there is plenty of room for improvement.

D’Ambrosio, who lost three kilos in the European GP after he was unable to use his water bottle, believes he will benefit in the long haul from working with Virgin team mate Timo Glock.

He admitted: “Clearly I still need to improve my Saturdays.”

D’Ambrosio says he had little grip in his tyres in qualifying in Canada and Valencia.

“I still have more to understand to get the last tenths in those conditions,” he conceded. “But I’m not ashamed to say he (Timo) was simply stronger.”

Meanwhile, Virgin are urging fans to attend their unique festival at Stowe School as part of the Dinnington-based team’s forthcoming activities for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next week.

Entertainment includes live bands and DJs, freshly prepared food from top celebrity chef Jamie Oliver plus the chance to meet the team and drivers throughout the weekend.

Glock and d’Ambrosio will meet festival goers on the Friday while talented young test drivers Robert Wickens and Sakon Yamamoto will pop in on the festival on the Saturday.

Tickets are priced at £20 and the entertainment starts at 5pm on both evenings.