Robert Wickens has secured a position with Marussia Virgin Racing, it was announced at the end of last week.
Wickens, who was runner-up in the 2010 GP3 Series, has been added to the squad's reserve driver roster and will now work alongside Sakon Yamamoto within the team's young driver programme.
The Toronto-born man has made a strong start to the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series and is currently second in the championship with four podiums - including one win - and three poles to his credit from the first four rounds of the pan-European 'World Series by Renault'.
He will now attend each of the remaining F1 grand's prix where there is no clash with the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, beginning this coming weekend at his home event at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, venue for the Canadian Grand Prix.
“I am delighted to be confirmed as a Reserve Driver with Marussia Virgin Racing,” said the 22-year-old. “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 F1 this year.”
John Booth, Virgin team principal, meanwhile believes that Wickens will be a good addition to the squad.
“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,” he added.
“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 Grand's 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,” Booth summed-up.