F1 Birthdays: 27/12/2010

Today it’s F1 newbie Jerome D’Ambrosio‘s twenty-fifth birthday. He’s Virgin racing’s newest driver, and will be alongside Timo Glock for 2011. At his young age, he has hopefully got plenty of racing in F1 ahead of him.
He’s a rare Belgian in Formula One these days; although the country has provided 23 drivers overall (himself included), most were in the early days of the sport, and the last season with a Belgian was 1995. He will be a favourite with the fans at Spa, despite his being stuck in a KERS-less Virgin. Hopefully being on home turf will encourage him to do well.
Starting in Karts, he moved into Belgian Formula Renault (which he won in 2003). Later he switched to Euroseries 3000 and finished fifth even though he only did half the season. Then he became the first champion of International Formula Master in 2007. Next, he turned to GP2 – the traditional location of future F1 drivers – where he won a few races. He finished second in GP2 Asia in 2008-9, just behind Kamui Kobayashi (who was his team mate). He didn’t have so much luck with normal GP2, however. But his record shows that he’s a good driver.
Joining Virgin was an early birthday/Christmas present for Jerome, and hopefully he will enjoy it immensely. He’s had some experience with Virgin, having done four test sessions at the end of the 2010 season.

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