Test driver Soucek leaves Virgin

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Virgin test driver Andy Soucek has officially left the team.

The Spanish driver cited a lack of opportunities to drive the VR-01 as being part of the reason for him leaving the outfit.

Soucek’s departure leaves GP2 racer Luiz Razia as the team’s only reserve driver.

A statement released by Soucek’s management said:

Andy and the Team have mutually agreed to conclude his contractual obligations to Virgin Racing so that Andy can concentrate on racing in other categories.

This season Andy attended 10 of the races ready to substitute for either race driver in the event of an injury or illness and during that time he has regularly been a part of, and contributed to, the team?s trackside engineering meetings.

The current F1 testing agreement means there are few opportunities for test drivers to gain track time in the car. Andy is ambitious, and needs to maintain his racing mileage. Therefore he has decided to concentrate on pursuing racing opportunities in other series.

Andy has enjoyed his time with Virgin Racing, and both sides have parted on good terms, wishing each other well for the future.

The Spanish driver won the F2 championship last year and tested for Williams in December before joining Virgin.

Soucek took Alvaro Parente’s place in the test team after Parente’s backing fell through.

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