News on Jerome d'Ambrosio's 2012 whereabouts should be known soon

Fans can expect to know more about Jérôme d’Ambrosio’s whereabouts in 2012 within the next ten days, his manager has confirmed.

The Belgian, who recently turned 26, has found himself on the F1 driver market after Virgin Racing confirmed that well-heeled GP2 racer Charles Pic would take over the reins for the 2012 season.

The only options seemingly available to him to remain in F1 is to either raise enough funds to secure the remaining race seat at HRT, or to see if he can pick up a reserve driver role with Lotus F1.

The latter option is possible given d’Ambrosio is managed by Lotus F1 team principal Eric Boullier.

“We are thinking of the best solution for me to be in Formula 1 for a long time,” d’Ambrosio is quoted as saying in the Belgian-language La Derniere Heure newspaper.

“Honestly, I prefer to race if I have the chance and that possibility still exists.

“This week we have one last meeting and with any luck, I will know very soon what I’ll be doing this season.

“A decision should be made within ten days in time for the start of winter testing at Jerez on February 7,” d’Ambrosio’s manager, Benjamin Mignot, added.

“I can assure you that we are still in the frame and that doors are still open,” he added. “The situation is unchanged since Christmas – we have a reasonable budget for a Formula 1 seat.

“I’m not talking about the amounts, but we consider [Force India outcast] Adrian Sutil the only real competitor.”

Sutil – believed to be in contention for the Williams seat as team-mate to Pastor Maldonado – is backed by German computer group Medion.

[Image via Virgin Racing]

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