F1 » Glock: Three excellent years, but not path I expected


Timo Glock reflects on his time with the Marussia F1 team following the mutual decision to end his contract with it after three years.

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Taz

January 21, 2013 3:35 PM

As I said on the other thread, an experienced driver with decent backing, I would say Bruno Senna is a strong bet. I'd like to see Kobayashi back but his talents deserve a better car and he has no backing.

oldbiker - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 6:08 PM

Timo did a decent enough job with the equipment to hand, but remember they spent the first 2 years going down the cheaper, but ultimately fruitless, CAD design route. With little money, this decision is sadly no surprise.

If Petrov fails to keep his Caterham seat, with Russian backing he would make a good fit. However, all the signs are there that barring some amazing results Marussia could be following HRT by the end of the year.

JJJ - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 8:15 PM

Think Razia has a good shot at landing the seat. He has a ton of money behind him and seems to have been in advanced talks already with the team before they signed Chilton. They likely didn't make this decision for 10 MM, they'll be looking for the big cheque.

JJJ - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 8:27 PM

Reflecting on Glock the thing I remember most is that he probably ruined the only real chance Toyota ever had for a race victory when he edged out Trulli off the line after Toyota locked out the front row at Bahrain one year (trulli 1st, Glock 2nd). Trulli was a lot faster than him, yet because he edged Jarno of the line instead of Jarno pulling out a few seconds in the lead with Glock behind all the others could folow and ultimately beat the Toyodas.

All in all a decent driver but much like Kovalainen, not good enough for a top team, which these days means inevitable replacement by a paydriver.

jim crint - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 9:43 AM

Money's always played a part in Motorsport in a way that doesn't really happen in other sports. From wealthy playboys in the early years to pay drivers now. It just seems a little extreme with the amount of money the teams are looking for from a pay driver. The machinery is expensive at every stage, it's not like kicking a ball around a local field.

But with the money around in F1 it shouldn't be like this. If it wasn't for Ecclestone's greed (how can one individual become a multi-billionaire on the back of commercial rights which should really belong entirely to the sport?), there would be more money around for the teams.

Good luck Timo. Good driver but, with Toyota pulling out, just a bit unlucky to have not gone further.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 8:43 PM

Timo was beaten by 2 rookies (dambrosio and digrassi). He was also almost beaten by Charles Pic.

Every single one of them were pay drivers.

The 2009 Toyota was potentially capable of winning a race. It also had a double diffuser like the brawn. Timo only managed 2 podiums. When they put Kamui in Timo's car for the last 2 races, the whole squad realized that Kamui should have been racing the whole season, but it was too little too late.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 8:49 PM

In 2007, I guess it was telling that BWM did not hesitate to choose Sebastian Vettel to replace Kubica at the U.S Grand Prix.

Vettel and Glock were the test drivers for BMW Sauber at the time.

Vettel was only 19 with no F1 race experience. Glock was 24, he had raced in F1 before and Champ Car.

The US is BMW's biggest market, so it was a big race for them, yet they quickly choose Vettel for the task. So even at that time, Vettel was probably easily faster than Glock on the simulator.

Mr Know it All - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 3:03 AM

The problem in truth as well Timo is you were probably paid well and in track times little more than a Journeyman and with your lack of exceptional talent its better for the team to take the cash and try and survive.... If you had of been clearly quicker than your rookie team mates then you might of been more desirable. Time to be a gentleman racing driver, and not before time. Adios

Angelina - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 3:13 AM

@david
I don't rate glock but you r comparing him to Sebastian Vettel, youngest 3XWDC & first one to do 1,2,3 in a row.
Whether u like him or not, statistically Vettel is the most successful driver on 2013 grid & still the youngest driver among F1 race winners.

I repeat I don't rate Glock but the comparison is unfair.

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