Di Grassi aims to return to F1 in 2012

By on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lucas di Grassi has said that he is aiming to return to Formula One in 2012, having lost his seat to Jerome d'Ambrosio for 2011. He has not ruled out a seat in 2011 but admits that a reserve role is looking more likely.

"The plan is to stay in F1 this year and I am talking to some teams to try and find the best solution," he told AUTOSPORT. "It's not just for 2011, but I need an opportunity to come back into a race seat in 2012.

"The best strategy is to talk to the teams that I would have a chance of racing for next year. I don't just want to be in F1 in 2011 and then find myself with the same problem next year."

"It's a problem to go for year without driving and it's not very good for the technical aspect of being an F1 driver, so if you can, it is good to be in the position to drive at some point in the year or keep using a simulator," he said.

"Then that will help me to come back in 2012. The ideal would be to have a third driver role that allows me to stay active so that I have the best chance to perform when I come back."

"I won't say no," said di Grassi of the possibility of continuing with Virgin in a non-racing capacity. "The problem with Virgin was purely commercial for the race seat and the teams knows that I was a valuable asset in developing the car.

"But I need to be able to come back in 2012 in a good position. It would be a pleasure to work with Virgin again, but if it's another team, I have no problem with."

Di Grassi finished 24th in the 2010 championship with a best finish of 14th in Malaysia.

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