F1 » Marussia blames ‘tough economic conditions’ for Glock exit

The Marussia F1 team has confirmed that financial concerns forced the parting of ways with veteran Timo Glock.

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horace trousers - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 5:36 PM

historically motor racing has always been a rich mans sport. bentley boys and all that . most teams know they are fighting for non points paying places so it makes sense to get someone with some cash behind them .
Would love it if footballers had to pay to join a major club.


January 21, 2013 6:13 PM

Those with extremely short memory out to remember that this team is one of the original four, the end results of the so called at the time “the legacy of the Holly war”, here is an extract from the famous (Horse Whisper) at the time the original four were being pushed/shoved into F1.
“This is the legacy of the Holly war waged by the former FIA president, Two teams will limp into the start of the championship, a third is being pushed into the ring by an invisible hand, you can be sure it is not the hand of Adam Smith, and as for the fourth, well you should do better to call on missing persons to locate it”.
Note, the aim of the “two limping teams” was directed at Lotus and Virgin.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 3:03 PM

Don't blame the teams. When the new teams joined it was agreed that F1 budgets would be capped at $40 million per season. That's why they joined. Ferrari, Mclaren, and Red Bull then flexed their muscles to eliminate that deal.

With unlimited spending it allows the top 3 teams to retain their grip on the sport.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 3:17 PM

Just because Marussia are contemplating pay drivers does not mean they will be bad. In glock's 3 years at the team, 2 (digrassi, dambrosio) of the 3 pay drivers he had as teammates have beat him.

Last year Charles Pic would have beat him too if he did not get passed for 11th place in Brazil. But considering that Timo was in F1 much longer even the fact that Pic, a rookie almost beat him is not a good sign for a lead driver.

I doubt any salaried driver would retain their drive if they were beaten 2 years in a row by rookie pay drivers.

Marussia simply signed a bad contract with him to begin with. They should have had performance clauses in his deal.

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