Lucas di Grassi has admitted that he might not be retained by the Virgin Racing squad for the 2011 season, as a host of well-funded pay drivers queue up for any possible vacant race seats at the back of the grid.
The Brazilian made his Formula 1 debut this season, but has generally struggled in the uncompetitive VR-01 in his maiden season.
Meanwhile, Belgium’s La Libre newspaper is claiming that Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde is the most likely candidate to replace di Grassi, who has also had to sit on the sidelines in Friday practice while Virgin Racing assesses the potential
finances of another possible candidate, Belgian Jérôme d’Ambrosio.
While d’Ambrosio is already rumoured to have pooled together the necessary budget to buy his race seat, La Libre claims that van der Garde will put pen to paper on a contract, having brought twice the amount of money to the table.
However, di Grassi has rather cryptically answered – when asked about the prospects of being replaced by either of the aforementioned drivers: “There is no threat from them.
“If it was up to [Virgin], they would continue with the same drivers,” he added, referring as well to his team-mate Timo Glock.
“But we know that it depends on other factors as well – financial [too],” he added.
[Original image via LAT]