Virgin Racing has confirmed that Lucas di Grassi is to race alongside Timo Glock at the team next year.
After what the team itself called "the worst kept secret in F1," Virgin Racing unveiled its new logo and showed off its drivers in public at a launch in Notting Hill, London, on Tuesday. Although Glock signed for the team several weeks ago, di Grassi only recently committed to the outfit – having tested for the Renault team in the recent run-out for young drivers in Jerez.
The team also announced that Alvaro Parente and Luiz Razia will serve as the team's test drivers for the car designed by Nick Wirth (in middle at left, with Glock and di Grassi).
Di Grassi arrives at the team after four seasons in GP2, and having gained experience of F1 through his role as a Renault test driver.
"It feels great to be here, it's a dream come true for me after two years of being a test driver, and from that and from GP2 I feel I'm ready and am very confident in this team," said di Grassi. "We're here to race, not to do politics or mess around, we're here to race."
The team's sporting director John Booth said he was delighted with the lineup. "I have 20 years' experience working with drivers," he said. "I have been privileged to work with some fantastic drivers in that time and I hope that's helped in giving me an eye for a good driver. The four drivers we have here are the four we wanted in our lineup; they're the perfect drivers."