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D'Ambrosio takes up key Vowles duties in new Mercedes role

The former Formula 1 driver will take up a new role at the Mercedes team, having previously been spotted alongside Toto Wolff in Formula 1 testing.

Mercedes have confirmed that former Formula 1 driver Jerome D'Ambrosio has taken up a new role as their Driver Development Director. The Belgian, who raced for Virgin Racing and Lotus across the 2011-2012 F1 seasons, has most recently been involved in management roles at the Venturi Formula E team, taking over as Team Principal in 2021. He left his role before the team became Maserati. The 37-year-old had been spotted in the Mercedes garages during pre-season testing, which prompted speculation that he could be lined up for a role at the team. Mercedes promptly cooled speculation and said he was there to simply observe.

However, Mercedes have now opted to hand the multiple Formula E race winner a permanent position at the team, which was confirmed to RacingNews365.com by Mercedes. His new role takes over some of the responsibilities left behind by the departure of James Vowles earlier in the season. He will oversee the development of Mercedes' young drivers and help look after their progress through the junior categories. D'Ambrosio will work alongside current Mercedes Driver Development Advisor, Gwen Lagrue.

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