The 25-year-old Spaniard – winner of the Formula 2 title last year – is apparently citing a lack of opportunity with the team as the reason for his dissatisfaction. Indeed, Soucek hasn’t driven the VR-01 at all this year…
It is believed that Soucek’s contract with the team does stipulate some test driving duties. Virgin remains the only rookie team on the grid not to utilise a third driver in the cockpit at any of the Grand Prix practice sessions.
Spanish sport’s newspaper AS is claiming that Virgin has effectively breached its contract with Soucek, who the paper claims is “finishing some details” before making his decision publicly known.
Soucek’s appointment with the team came with some €1M in sponsorship payments to-date, but it would seem that the Spaniard has cut off the funds supply “due to the lack of opportunity to drive the VR-01.”
The paper also claims that Soucek is holding talks about a third driver role with another team, and could be in a position to announce the appointment by the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix.
It has also been speculated that Soucek – who has not raced competitively this season – would be a consideration to join a GP2 team.
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