Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Drivers Briefing - Jerome D'Ambrosio

In 2011 there are four rookies on the Formula 1 grid.  Today we look at one of them, Jerome D'Ambrosio.

Name: Jerome D'Ambrosio
Nickname: unknown
Born: 27 December 1985, Etterbeek, Belgium
F1 team: Marussia Virgin Racing - Cosworth

Career progression:
Began karting at the age of 9,winning 3 national championships and 2 international championships during his karting career between 1995 and 2002
Belgian Formula Renault 1.6 with Thierry Boutsen Racing in 2003, finishing the championship in 1st
Formula Konig in Germany in 2003, finishing the championship in 4th
French Formula Renault 2.0 in 2004, finishing the championship in 4th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2004 competing in 7 races with a best finish of 4th
Italian Formula Renault 2.0 in 2005, finishing the championship in 4th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2005 competing in 6 races with a best finish of 2nd
Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series in 2005, finishing the championship in 3rd
Italian Formula 3000 Light in 2005, competing in 1 race finishing 6th
Euroseries 3000 in 2006, finishing the championship in 5th
Formula Renault 3.5 in 2006 competing in 7 races with a best finish of 12th
FIA GT Championship in 2006 competing in 1 race
International Formula Master in 2007, finishing the championship in 1st
GP2 Series with DAMS in 2008, finishing the championship in 11th
GP2 Asia Series with DAMS in 2008, finishing the championship in 11th
GP2 Asia Series with DAMS in 2008-09, finishing the championship in 2nd
GP2 Series with DAMS in 2009, finishing the championship in 9th
GP2 Series with DAMS in 2010, finishing the championship in 12th
Formula 1 test driver for Virgin Racing

Career traits:
There is nothing that really stands out as a career trait.  Perhaps this is a reflection of a steady racer who does a good but not spectacular job.  He is not particularly accident prone, but he is not a trail blazer.

2011 Predictions: 
Given his unspectacular results of the last few years, D'Ambrosio seems to have snuck into F1 through his contacts.  He is managed by Gravity Sport Management with Gravity's CEO being Eric Boullier, who is also team principal at Renault F1. 

D'Ambrosio is likely to struggle in the Marussia Virgin in 2011.  To date he has not set the world on fire with his performances and given that this years other rookies are in more experienced (read faster) teams, he will really need to reinvent himself in order to make an impression on the F1 paddock.  His team mate, Timo Glock, is in my opinion an underrated talent, and this won't help D'Ambrosio as he will be benchmarked against a much more experienced and much better driver.  Enjoy 2011 Jerome, because it may be your only year in F1.
 

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