Soucek Virgin deal to be confirmed soon – report

Mon, 22 February 2010, 10:01

Feb.22 (GMM) Confirmation that Andy Soucek will be Virgin’s reserve driver in 2010 is expected within days.

We reported last week that the 24-year-old Spaniard, who is the reigning F2 champion, is set to sign with the new British team because confirmed reserve driver Alvaro Parente’s sponsorship has fallen through.

Spanish radio Cadena SER now reports that talks about a race seat with Campos and USF1 were also held, and that Soucek also had “three very attractive proposals” to be reserve driver.

The report said Soucek was courted by Sauber and McLaren, and had even scheduled a forthcoming visit to the latter team’s Woking headquarters.

The 24-year-old, who also has Austrian citizenship, ultimately decided to sign with Virgin because it was the best overall contract, the report added.

“In a few days (the deal) will be official; surely by the end of the week at (the) Montmelo (Barcelona test),” said Cadena SER.

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