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Virgin Racing has announced that Canadian Robert Wickens, a member of its young driver programme, has been promoted to an official reserve seat in its Formula 1 team. The 22-year-old from Toronto therefore joins Sakon Yamamoto and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs on the reserves bench for Timo Glock and Jérôme d’Ambrosio.
After finishing runner-up to GP3 Champion Esteban Gutiérrez last year and to Formula 2 title winner Andy Soucek in 2009, Wickens is now placed third overall in Formula Renault 3.5, with four podium finishes and three pole positions to his name.
“I am delighted to be confirmed as a reserve driver with Marussia Virgin Racing,” he comments.
“It's an exciting time for me and Canadian motorsport. The support of Marussia Motors and the Marussia Virgin Racing team has been fantastic and I am dedicated to repaying that faith in me by contributing everything I can to assist the team’s objectives in Formula 1 this year.”
“Robert Wickens is a very impressive young driver who is currently going great guns in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, so we are delighted to welcome him to Marussia Virgin Racing’s roster of reserve drivers,” adds Team Principal John Booth.
“His fantastic performances so far this season are testimony to the fact that he has a bright future ahead of him. Robert will join us trackside at Grands Prix for as many races as his schedule will allow and in turn he will have the benefit of working closely with our race drivers and engineers as we develop our car and our team through the rest of the season.”
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