Marussia Virgin Racing is in no rush to complete its 2012 Formula 1 driver lineup, having announced a three-year contract extension for Timo Glock last weekend.
The team's CEO Graeme Lowdon (LEFT) said that retaining Glock means that there is no reason to rush a decision on whether Jerome D'Ambrosio will continue as his teammate next year. When asked whether driver negotiations would be left until the end of the season, Lowdon said: "I would think so, certainly after the break, probably on a similar time scale to what we had last year."
Lowdon said that D'Ambrosio has impressed him during the Belgian driver's rookie season in Formula 1 and that he was one of the men in contention for the second seat.
"Jerome's doing a really great job, I think he's surprised a lot of people with his maturity in the races as well," he added. "You see with other drivers coming in for the first time, its not an easy formula to adapt to because of everything that's around it, and you can't really talk too highly about Jerome's performance so far. So, again, in terms of just straightforward contractual time, it will be more toward the back end of the season."