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Virgin in no hurry to complete its 2012 Formula 1 line-up after extending Timo Glock's contract

Graeme Lowdon

Virgin is in no hurry to complete its 2012 Formula 1 driver line-up, having announced a three-year contract extension for Timo Glock last weekend.

The team's CEO Graeme Lowdon said that retaining Glock means that there is no reason to rush a decision on whether Jerome D'Ambrosio will continue as his team-mate next year.

When asked whether driver negotiations would be left until the end of the season, Lowdon said: "I would think so, certainly after the break, probably on a similar time scale to what we had last year."

Lowdon said that D'Ambrosio has impressed him during the Belgian driver's rookie season in Formula 1 and that he was one of the men in contention for the second seat.

"Jerome's doing a really great job, I think he's surprised a lot of people with his maturity in the races as well," he added.

"You see with other drivers coming in for the first time, its not an easy formula to adapt to because of everything that's around it, and you cant really talk too highly about Jerome's performance so far.

"So again in terms of just straightforward contractual time then it will be more towards the back end of the season."

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