Soucek joins Virgin F1 team

Timo Glock of Germany during Virgin GP's winter testing. (GETTY IMAGES)

Formula Two champion Andy Soucek has joined Virgin Racing as reserve driver for their debut Formula One season, the team said on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Spaniard joins fellow tester Luiz Razia in supporting race drivers Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi after reserve Alvaro Parente lost his position when the Tourism Institute of Portugal ended a sponsorship deal.
 
"This role offers me a great opportunity to prepare myself for the Formula One environment, which is naturally where my longer-term ambitions lie," Soucek, who had been linked with the spare seat at fellow newcomers Campos, said in a statement.
 
Timo Glock of Germany and Virgin GP drives during winter testing at the Circuito De Jerez in Spain. (GETTY IMAGES)
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