Virgin replace Parente with Soucek

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Andy Soucek has taken Alvaro Parente’s place as third driver at Virgin.

Soucek, who won the Formula Two championship last year, drove for Williams in the young drivers’ test at Jerez at the end of 2009.

Parente lost his place as the team’s third driver after planned sponsorship from the Portuguese tourism institute failed to materialise.

Soucek joins Luiz Razia as one of the team’s reserve drivers.

Soucek said:

This role offers me a great opportunity to prepare myself for the Formula One environment, which is naturally where my longer-term ambitions lie. I look forward to learning from Timo and Lucas as well as soaking up as much information as possible from engineering meetings and time on the simulator.
Andy Soucek

Andy Soucek joins Virgin