D'Ambrosio announcement due in ten days

By on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Jerome d'Ambrosio © Marussia Virgin Racing

An announcement about Jerome d'Ambrosio's plans for the 2012 season is due within ten days, according to his manager.

The 26-year-old Belgian lost his Virgin/Marussia seat after his debut season in 2011 but is now reportedly in the running to re-emerge at HRT.

Handled by Lotus owner Genii's management arm, it is also possible d'Ambrosio could fall back on a reserve driver role at the Enstone based team.

"A decision should be made within ten days in time for the start of winter testing at Jerez on February 7," manager Benjamin Mignot told the La Derniere Heure newspaper.

"We are not spoken about much in the foreign press and that's fine," he insisted. "But I can assure you that we are still in the frame and that doors are still open.

"The situation is unchanged since Christmas -- we have a reasonable budget for a Formula 1 seat.

"I'm not talking about the amounts, but we consider Adrian Sutil the only real competitor."

D'Ambrosio said: "We are thinking of the best solution for me to be in Formula 1 for a long time. Honestly I prefer to race if I have the chance and that possibility still exists.

"This week we have one last meeting and with any luck, I will know very soon what I'll be doing this season."

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