The 25 year old Brazilian Lucas di Grassi has made the switch from being a Renault reserve driver to a race driver with the newly launched Virgin Racing team. Di Grassi will race alongside German Timo Glock, whom he raced against in GP2 a couple of years ago.
"I could never imagine a F1 debut as perfect as this one. Entering F1 with John Booth and his crew, the same people with whom I won the 2005 Macau F3 race - one of the greatest successes in my career - is really beyond perfection, I should say, and I believe I am ready for F1," said di Grassi upon his introduction as a new team member.
"I have worked a lot during these years to get here and I believe it happened just in time. I always had great expectations about the day I would enter F1 and I should thank everyone who has been with me all these years - and I shall say John and his team are among those very people I consider helped me to get there much before we signed the F1 contract."