D'Ambrosio: Life on the F1 subs' bench

D'Ambrosio: Life on the F1 subs' bench

Jerome D'Ambrosio reckons the reserve role with Lotus will do his career more good than another year in a rear-of-the-pack race seat. The Belgian told AUTOSPORT why he believes his step back will pay off

Jerome D'Ambrosio is the latest driver to decide that a background role at a frontrunning team is a better career move than racing for a backmarker, so swapped his 2011 Virgin race seat for the number three slot at Lotus this year.

The Belgian is therefore spending 2012 waiting in the wings and trying to be as ready as possible should Kimi Raikkonen or Romain Grosjean - who have shown that the Lotus E20 has winning potential - be indisposed.

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