Rivals set to out-spend d'Ambrosio for Virgin seat

By on Saturday, October 8, 2011

Jerome d'Ambrosio. Photo credit: Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

Jerome d'Ambrosio cannot count on staying at Virgin for a second season of formula one.

That is the claim of the Belgian newspaper De Morgen, reporting that a few candidates look ready to out-spend the 25-year-old's sponsors.

"Dutchman Giedo van der Garde, Frenchman Charles Pic and Canadian Robert Wickens all have an advantage over d'Ambrosio -- more money," read the report.

The Belgian rookie admitted at Suzuka that his management team and Virgin are yet to agree a new deal for 2012.

"There are obviously talks going on and management speaking with the team, speaking for my future about next year," said d'Ambrosio.

"I think I had my best grand prix so far in Singapore and throughout these (next five) races I need to focus on the present and not what will happen next year," he added.

De Morgen said Virgin is not likely to announce Timo Glock's 2012 teammate until the beginning of 2012.

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