D’Ambrosio ready for home comforts

Date published: August 23 2011

Jerome d’Ambrosio is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to turn out at his home grand prix…

Jerome d’Ambrosio is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to turn out at his home grand prix.

Belgium have not had a local driver involved in F1 racing at Spa since Philippe Adams in 1994 but that will all change this weekend.

The 25-year-old d’Ambrosio is understandably excited about the upcoming race.

“I have been looking forward to my first Formula One Belgian Grand Prix for a very long time, and now that the weekend has finally arrived I have to say that I am really excited and I can’t wait to race in front of my home fans,” he explained.

“It’s been a long time since Belgium had a Formula One driver, so it’s going to be a very special weekend both for me and the fans and I’m going to try to enjoy every moment.

“There’s nothing like racing at home and Spa is clearly one of my absolute favourite circuits. Its layout gives everything one could want as a driver – fast corners, hills and long straights. It really is one of the most challenging laps in the world. And we can’t forget the legendary corner of Eau Rouge. It’s just amazing!”

D’Ambrosio has enjoyed a solid debut season in the sport, recording a highest finish of 14th which he achieved in both Australia and Canada.

Virgin Racing team principal John Booth is hopeful that the team can continue their solid run and in the process give d’Ambrosio and his fans a race to remember.

“From Canada onwards we have been able to finish every single race with both our cars staying out of trouble and showing good reliability, so we’ve got to make sure we hang on to our good form,” said Booth.

“This is going to be Jerome’s 12th race in F1, but it’s a special weekend for him as he is racing at home. I’m sure this will make him push even harder and it will be great to see all the Belgian fans supporting their driver at their home race,” he added.