Jérôme d’Ambrosio looks set to graduate from his role as Virgin Racing’s Friday test driver into that of a fully-fledged racing driver with the team in 2011.

At least that’s the claim of Renault F1 boss Eric Boullier, who also runs Genii Capital’s driver management firm, Gravity, of which the Belgian is a client.

D’Ambrosio’s role at Virgin was, according to rumours, contingent on his raising enough of a sponsorship budget to secure the seat alongside Timo Glock for 2011, which would suggest that Lucas di Grassi might find himself out of a drive after just a single season at the Manor Motorsport-run squad.

“We have 95 per cent of the package together,” Boullier told Het Nieuwsblad.

And when asked about the remaining five per cent of the budget needed, Boullier replied: “It’s just a matter of days. I would be pleased to have a signed contract in his pocket by the last race in Abu Dhabi.”

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