Nurburgring, Germany, July 24, 2011 (AFP) - German Timo Glock will stay with the Virgin team until 2014, it was confirmed on Sunday.
Glock, 29, joined Virgin last year and delayed the announcement on his future so it was made on the day of his home German Grand Prix.
He said: "I am very happy to confirm that Marussia Virgin Racing will be my home for the next few years of my F1 career.
"I'm especially pleased to be able to announce this news ahead of my home grand prix in Germany today, where my career began.
"The past 18 months of racing have been quite tough, although this was always to be expected. As a driver I knew I would have to go back a few steps in order to move forward.
"But now, with the additional steps we have taken - the technical partnership with McLaren and bringing the whole team together - I believe we can achieve our goals together."
The news comes 24 hours after Glock appeared to publically criticise his team mechanics.
After being congratulated by his team for taking 20th he responded testily: "You make my life difficult in the last two races - the car is just so difficult to drive at the moment."Interviewed before Sunday's race by the BBC he downplayed the incident,
claiming the comment had been said in jest.