Charles Pic-ked by Marrussia for 2012

By on Sunday, November 27, 2011

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Today, after the Brazilian Grand Prix, Marussia Virgin Racing announced that French driver Charles Pic, will race for the team in 2012 alongside Germany’s Timo Glock.

The 21-year-old had already tested for the team last week at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi and had impressed the team during the test. Pic spent the past two seasons competing in GP2 and in 2011 he ended the year in fourth place with two wins, three pole positions and five podium finishes. From 2008-2009 he raced in the World Series by Renault FR 3.5 championship and during the preceding two years he graduated from Karting to the French Formula Campus championship before going on to take part in the French and European championships of Formula Renault 2.0.

"I’m very happy to be making the step up to Formula One with Marussia Virgin Racing. As a driver you always feel you are ready for the next opportunity but in Abu Dhabi last week it was a tough test. The team gave me some fantastic opportunities to learn new things but I also knew that I had to impress them and show them I was ready to do a good job. I was pleased with my performance, and obviously the team were too, so a very good start but this is just the beginning and I know that a lot of hard work is ahead of me to reward this chance," said Pic.

“I like the team a lot; we worked well together in the test and I feel very comfortable. They want to do things the right way and I can see that there is a lot of determination to succeed, so it is very special for me to be part of that. I’m looking forward to working hard in every area over the winter to ensure I am ready for the start of testing and my first Grand Prix.”

Team principal of Marussia Virgin Racing, John Booth said "I'm very pleased to welcome Charles to Marussia Virgin Racing as Timo’s team-mate for 2012. We naturally keep a close eye on the junior formulae and Charles is certainly someone we have been watching over the past few years. The real barometer however was our Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi last week, where we put him through a series of tough tests to thoroughly evaluate his potential. This was his first time in a Formula One car so it should have been quite daunting, however Charles was extremely focused on what needed to be done and absolutely rose to the challenge. He continued to improve in every area but his race simulation work particularly caught our eye."

Booth also paid tribute to Pic's predecessor, saying “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jérôme D’Ambrosio for his hard work and important contribution to our team over the past 12 months or more. He has an exciting future to look forward to I’m sure and we wish him every success.”

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