F1 2011 rookie Jerome D'Ambrosio is confident his inexperience will not hinder his chances of beating team-mate Timo Glock as he embarks upon his debut season as a grand prix driver.

Despite Virgin Racing being one of the last teams to launch their 2011 challenger, the 25-year-old hopes the lack of track time available to him before the first race in Bahrain will not prove too problematic.

"Obviously it is difficult for me to say how good our car will be," he mused. "There are many new features this year that weren't there last season, so I have to wait and see how the car is when we test it for the first time.

"I did well in the Friday sessions I ran last year, and I didn't have much track time then. I am entering my first season in F1, so for sure the learning curve is certainly steeper for me than it is for my team-mate."

Despite this, the Belgian is confident he can provide more of a challenge to Glock than his predecessor Lucas Di Grassi did.

"I have a lot to learn," D'Ambrosio said, "but I am fast, confident in my abilities and able to learn tracks very quickly so I think I can push Timo hard and for sure, on occasion I think I can beat him."

by Max Davies



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