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Yamamoto named as Virgin Reserve driver

Sakon Yamamoto, who contested in seven races for the HRT team in 2010 after replacing Karun Chandhok at the British Grand Prix, has been announced as Marussia Virgin Racing’s reserve driver for the first three races of the 2011 season. Yamamoto has also previously driven for Spyker and Super Aguri. Virgin team principal, John Booth said that Yamamoto's role would be as a backup driver, with Timo Glock scheduled to return to the car at the season opener in Melbourne this weekend following surgery. "Sakon will spend the weekends observing the race drivers and attending all engineering meetings to ensure he is up to speed should there be an occasion where a last minute substitution is required," Booth said. Meanwhile, Yamamoto added that he was pleased to be joining the team: "I am pleased to work with Marussia Virgin Racing in Australia. I really appreciate them giving me a chance to be here. The team has made a big step forward this year and I believe that I can contribute to their car development through my experience.” Yamamoto also paid tribute to his home country, Japan who is currently coming to terms with suffering one of the worst natural disasters in history “As everyone is aware it is a very difficult time in Japan right now and any good news is much welcomed. I hope the people back home will feel positive about my latest F1 role as I would like to do everything possible to help them."

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