Rival team may go for d’Ambrosio

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JEROME d’Ambrosio may quit Marussia Virgin Racing at the end of the 2011 season, Eric Boullier, his manager, has revealed.

The Belgian starlet (above), who crossed the line in 17th position at a sold out British Grand Prix yesterday, has stated he is happy to stay at the Dinnington-based team for the foreseeable future.

Virgin team principal John Booth has also told The Star he wants to retain the services of d’Ambrosio beyond this year and is pleased with the understanding he has developed with his team-mate Timo Glock.

But, Renault team boss Boullier, who also heads the driver management outfit Gravity, has not ruled out d’Ambrosio moving to another Formula One team following his stellar performances on track in his debut year in the sport.

An unnamed F1 team are thought to be interested in recruiting the 25-year-old and Boullier has admitted he will hold talks with them at the German Grand Prix later this month.

“I have an option – or rather, I will talk with Jerome and another team at the Nurburgring,” said the Frenchman.

D’Ambrosio, who suffered from degradation of his front left tyre towards the end of the British GP, admits he is not enjoying being near the back of the grid with Virgin, who have improved reliability but remain short on speed to push the midfield runners.

He said: “I would probably have more fun in a McLaren or a Red Bull, but I am extremely lucky to be one of only 24 drivers in the world to have a F1 car.”

Glock came in 16th place after a trouble-free race.