Timo Glock hopes Virgin will be a better shop window for his talents next year.
The German was earlier critical of the struggling team’s direction but Virgin recently split with its designer Nick Wirth and inked a technical and wind tunnel deal with McLaren.
Even so, the 29-year-old confirmed he would jump ship to Red Bull if offered a seat.
“Every driver would answer the same,” the former Toyota driver told Die Welt. “But that’s a dream. I have to do it the hard way, fighting to go towards the front with my team.”
Glock is set to stay with Virgin in 2012, when he hopes the next red and black car can move into the midfield.
The deal is expected to be announced before Sunday’s German grand prix.
“I have to show that what I can do with a car like the Virgin is deliver quality services,” he continued.
“I will probably not be winning races or getting podiums very soon, but technically we have to try to move ahead and that will make me more visible as a driver.
“This is extremely difficult. If we cut the gap by half a second from five seconds, hardly anyone notices. But on a drivers’ track like Monaco for example, if we have a better car in 2012, then you can really stand out,” added Glock.