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Glock retains Virgin drive for 2011

Timo Glock will remain with the Virgin Racing team despite a difficult first season.
Timo Glock will remain with the Virgin Racing team despite a difficult first season.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • German driver Timo Glock confirms that he will remain with the Virgin Racing team
  • Glock made the announcement following speculation about his future
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio is favorite to drive with Glock as Lucas Di Grassi's replacement
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(CNN) -- German driver Timo Glock has confirmed he will remain with the Virgin Racing team for the 2011 Formula One season.

The 28-year-old made the announcement following speculation about his future with the fledgling team.

"I will drive for Virgin in 2011. There have been a lot of rumours about my departure, but there was never any question of that happening," said Glock on his official website.

"Since the beginning I have had a long-term contract with the team and I said then that I was doing this to help build a team for the future," he added.

"This is a great team of people who have given blood, sweat and tears to our first season. Some people haven't seen that with their own eyes, like I have, so it's easy to criticize or be cynical."

Glock signed a two-year contract prior to Virgin's debut season this year, but he endured a miserable time in the new car and failed to score a point, his best finish coming in the Japan Grand Prix where he crossed the line in 14th place.

Virgin are still to decide on who will take the second driver's seat, with reports that current occupant Lucas Di Grassi will be replaced after the Brazilian lost his funding.

Belgian test driver Jerome d'Ambrosio is being tipped as favorite to drive alongside Glock as Di Grassi's replacement.