Virgin is in no rush to re-sign Belgian rookie Jerome d’Ambrosio for 2012.
The team announced at the Nurburgring last week that his teammate Timo Glock will be staying on board for up to three more years.
Reports subsequently emerged that talks with d’Ambrosio’s management Gravity about 2012 have begun.
But team president Graeme Lowdon is quoted by France’s autohebdo.fr as insisting that Virgin will only begin to “think about” the issue of Glock’s teammate “after the summer break”.
He insists however that d’Ambrosio has done a “very good job” in 2011, particularly with his “maturity in the races”.
“It is clear that it is not easy for new drivers so we can’t really discuss Jerome’s performance at the moment. So we will wait until the end of the season to discuss his contract,” added Lowdon.