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Jerome D'Ambrosio

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by James Chant, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. James Chant

    James Chant

    Lotus name D'Ambrosio as third driver

    Image: BBC

    Lotus have announced that Jerome D'Ambrosio will become their third driver for the 2012 season, supporting racers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. D'Ambrosio spent last year competing for Virgin but was dropped from their race line-up at the end of 2011.

    “It’s a great feeling to be joining Lotus F1 Team,” said the 26 year-old Belgian. “It’s an exciting next step in my career. I contested a complete season in F1 as a race driver for a smaller team where I learnt a lot about Formula One. Now, I have the opportunity to work with one of the top teams with great potential for my future development.

    “With my recent race experience, I know I can make a valuable contribution. Of course, I would love to be racing, but racing with a top team. Being associated with Lotus F1 Team should be more beneficial and this is the choice I have made. This opportunity is one I couldn’t afford to miss. My desire to get back in a race seat in the future is motivating me to do the best job possible in my new position.”

    Lotus team principal Eric Boullier added: “To have a third driver who is highly motivated, fresh and talented and who contested the full 2011 season is highly beneficial for us. In Jerome we have someone we know well who integrates beneficially with the squad.

    "He impressed as reserve driver for us in 2010 and at the end of that year he made a strong showing in the young driver test. He also showed strongly in his rookie season as an F1 race driver. I am looking forward to working with Jerome again and think he is a perfect addition to our driving strength.”

    D’Ambrosio endured a tough start to his Formula One racing career in 2011, struggling for pace in Virgin's uncompetitive MVR-02, but his two 14th-place finishes put him ahead of experienced team mate Timo Glock in the final standings. He had previously competed in GP2, International Formula Master, the F3000 Euroseries and Formula Renault.

  2. Xosé Estrada

    Xosé Estrada

    Good for him, still when the 3rd driver role is not the same it was.
  3. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Uncompetitive car last year or not, what has he really done to earn this opportunity?
  4. He has the best pit stop ever in F1 :) No idea how he managed to do what he did hehe.

    Like a BOSS,
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  5. Nice pit stop, indeed. :)

    But he deserves this opportunity; he can be quite good in the right car. He just has a lack of money/sponsors to get a 'real' seat.
  6. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    I don't know how anyone can know this.
    He's had one year in Formula 1, in a below-par car and failed to beat his team mate.
    He's done nothing to deserve any opportunities with a Top 5 team.
  7. First of all: he did beat his team mate. ;) And he has already done some work for Renault/Lotus in the past, so apparently Eric Boullier is impressed by his "talent". If not, he would never give Jerome this opportunity (there are lots of drivers with more money)...
  8. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    My mistake, apologies for that.
    I fail to see how he is any better than Petrov's or Heidfeld though.
  9. I fail to see how he can prove it as he was one of at least 4 guys to drive a bucket instead of a F1 car. Now, if I said "Oh wow look, that Chris Jenkins guy sucks terribly in the Virgin", what would you say? Because "it's car the car that limits my skills"? It's like the talk about "give Hamilton and Alonso a RBR to see if they are faster than Vettel".

    Just noticed I wrote a sentence with an akward double meaning.