Jerome waits on Virgin upgrade

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JEROME d’Ambrosio will have to wait until the Spanish Grand Prix before receiving Marussia Virgin Racing’s full car upgrade.

Team principal John Booth has confirmed the young Belgian rookie will only be given some of the parts for the race in Turkey on Sunday.

“Jérôme will not have the benefit of the full upgrade package until Spain but he will get a taste of some of the elements this weekend,” admitted Booth.

“We are of course mindful of the fact that everyone should have taken a step forward ready for Europe, so we will have to see how we’ve fared versus the rest of the field.”

Booth hopes the modifications will help the Dinnington-based team turn the corner.

“By our own admission it’s been a difficult start to the year,” he said. But we actually started doing something about that when we realised back in testing we had not met our targets.

”We’ve been working hard behind the scenes since the middle of February, and this weekend is the culmination of all those efforts when we will be able to see just how much we can now progress.”

Booth is confident the new package will lead to an improved showing in Istanbul.