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D'Ambrosio eyes F1 future

ESPNF1 Staff
November 29, 2011 « Head to leave Formula One duties | Raikkonen returns with Lotus Renault in 2012 »
Jerome d'Ambrosio achieved a higher race finish during 2011 than Timo Glock, and therefore finished above him in the drivers' standings © Sutton Images

Jerome d'Ambrosio insists that has Formula One career is not over after Virgin announced that it will replace him with Charles Pic for the 2012 season.

D'Ambrosio has done a good job in his debut season, actually finishing above team-mate Timo Glock in the drivers' championship by virtue of 14th place finishes in Australia and Canada. Despite that, d'Ambrosio is currently without a drive after the team opted not to retain him for next year, but he said that his performances had been good enough to give him hope that he will remain on the grid.

"I finished on a high note with a great weekend; probably my best of the season," he said. "I will not be with the team next year but the team was happy with my season. The new goal of course is to be here [in F1] next year.

As part of Eric Boullier's Gravity management stable, d'Ambrosio says that he has spoken to other teams and that he still believes there is flexibility in the driver market.

"Without saying any names, we have discussed various options. My situation is the same as last year, except that I have done a very good season and I have not gone unnoticed in the paddock. So I have more credibility than before. I think a lot of things can still happen on the driver transfer market, so we'll see what happens."