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D'Ambrosio eyes race return

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Jerome d'Ambrosio's one race appearance this year came at Monza for Lotus © Sutton Images
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Jerome d'Ambrosio says he is "still working" on trying to find a race seat for the 2013 season.

After a season with Marussia (then Virgin) in 2011, d'Ambrosio was signed as the Lotus reserve driver for this season and made one race appearance when he stood in for the suspended Romain Grosjean at Monza. Lotus is yet to confirm Grosjean's seat for next year, but there are only other drives left at Force India, Caterham and Marussia and d'Ambrosio said he was still chasing one of those slots.

"Not everything is confirmed yet; we're still working on it," d'Ambrosio told Autosport. "It's tough. We'll see what happens. Time will tell. With the season finished, the remaining people who have everything in their hands will take their decisions."

D'Ambrosio admitted that the sheer number of drivers with race experience competing for seats means competition for places is high.

"It's very difficult. There are a lot of drivers out there without seats. Some experienced ones, some less experienced ones. All I can say is that I really love Formula One, I loved being on the grid last year even if it was not in a top car. I enjoyed being in the car at Monza very much. It's what I love to do and I will fight to stay in Formula One as long as I can."