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d'Ambrosio insists he is not on Renault 2010 shortlist

GP2 Series contender Jérôme d'Ambrosio attempts to pour cold water on speculation linking him to the second Renault F1 seat alongside Robert Kubica in 2010, arguing he is not ready for graduation...yet
Speculation might be linking him to the five-strong shortlist for the second Renault cockpit in F1 2010 alongside Robert Kubica, but GP2 Series campaigner Jérôme d'Ambrosio insists he is at least a year away yet from making the graduation to the highest level.

New Renault F1 team principal Eric Boullier has revealed that the Enstone-based outfit has now reduced its options from ten drivers down to five [see separate story – click here], and as a member of the Gravity Sport Management programme which until recently the Frenchman similarly ran, d'Ambrosio's name has naturally been mentioned.

What's more, in 2009 the Belgian competed in GP2 – finishing as runner-up to team-mate and 2010 Sauber new boy Kamui Kobayashi in the championship's 2008/09 Asia Series – for DAMS, where Boullier acted as team manager before leaving to move to Renault, and he has in the past been part of the French manufacturer's young driver development programme, as well as having raced in both Formula Renault and the World Series by Renault.

However, the 24-year-old has still to win his first race in the F1 feeder category, and he suggests that he is not ready quite yet to become the first of his countrymen to join the grand prix grid since Bertrand Gachot back in 1995.

“F1 is not on the agenda,” d'Ambrosio insisted, speaking to Belgian sports newspaper La Derniere Heure. “Everything that has been happening in recent weeks has been positive for me, but it is no guarantee of anything.

“My hope is to race in grands prix one day, but before that, I have to focus on my job in GP2, which is to win races. If at the end of the year I have not had the opportunity to sit in an F1 car, it becomes difficult – but even if I am not getting distracted, my goal is no longer [just] a dream.”


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Hannah.

January 10, 2010 10:11 PM

I think it'll be Heidfeld joining Kubica, he's too good not to get a drive, he's experienced, extremely consistent, can easily compete with Kubica, great wet weather driver, pulls off some of the best overtaking moves... where are the negatives? :)

Cardinal

January 10, 2010 6:39 PM

He seems to have his head screwed on. He admits he's not ready for F1 yet, and wants to concentrate on GP2. He must be one of the favourites for the GP2 title this season, he's a good driver. Renault are hardly patient with their rookie drivers - no reason why that will change in the future. Yes, there's been a management buyout, but aren't they just about to ditch all the young drivers they've been backing, including d'Ambrosio? He's one for the future - presuming all the F1 has-beens stop trying to clutter up the grid.



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