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Money cost me my Virgin seat, claims di Grassi

ESPNF1 Staff
February 23, 2011 « Ecclestone waives Bahrain fees | »
Out of control and out of F1 ... Lucas di Grassi spins at last season's Japanese Grand Prix © Getty Images
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Lucas di Grassi says a lack of sponsors was the only reason he lost his seat with Virgin - he was replaced for the 2011 season by Jerome d'Ambrosio.

"I had a contract with Virgin but I needed a new sponsorship," he told the Arena SporTV programme. "I could not get one, and the Belgian did. Now I'm in a phase of restructuring to get back next season."

When asked about the 2011 in general, di Grassi said: "I have spoken with friends who are still there. Even when you're driving, it's hard to know what to think based upon the tests. But I think Red Bull are still very strong as are Ferrari. McLaren are either hiding something or will not be so good for the start of the season."