Formula Renault 3.5 front runner Robert Wickens has joined Virgin as a Formula 1 reserve driver. The 22-year-old Canadian, whose Carlin FR3.5 car has carried backing from Virgin sponsor Marussia Motors this year, joins Sakon Yamamoto on the team's reserve roster.
"I am delighted to be confirmed as a reserve driver with Virgin Racing. It's an exciting time for me and Canadian motorsport," said Wickens. "The support of Marussia Motors and the Marussia Virgin Racing team has been fantastic, and I am dedicated to repaying that faith in me by contributing everything I can to assist the team's objectives in Formula 1 this year."
Wickens, who was formerly part of the Red Bull Junior program, was the runner-up in GP3 last year with Status Grand Prix and in Formula 2 in 2009. He is currently second in the World Series by Renaultpoints.
No announcement has been made on whether Wickens will take part in any Friday free practice sessions during the F1 season.