Timo Glock admitted the opening lap of the Singapore Grand Prix had been the key moment after the Toyota driver secured his best result of the F1 season in the annual night race.
Glock started the race from sixth on the grid, but made a good start to get ahead of Fernando Alonso on the opening lap as the Spaniard battled for position with Mark Webber. When Webber was then ordered to allow Alonso back through, Glock was also able to pass the Red Bull man to take fourth and then produced an assured drive to retain position through the early laps.
With Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel both picking up drive through penalties, Glock was able to climb up to second as he took his best result of the season season; with the German thrilled with the result going into Toyota's home event in Japan next weekend.
“We have had a really good weekend and this is a great reward for the team,” he said. “After a solid qualifying the pace was good in the race so I am really happy for the team and myself. It was important to get in front of Fernando on the first lap and I was disappointed I didn't do it at the start. I saw he was fighting with Mark and I just dived in and made the pass. It paid off because after that our strategy worked well; it was the key point in my race.
“I was just concentrating the whole race on my speed and we didn't make any mistakes. This is a brilliant result for Toyota before the Japanese Grand Prix. It's important for everyone in the team; the mechanics and engineers as well as the people back home in Cologne and in Japan. The car worked well today with the new package and I hope we can be competitive again in Suzuka.”
Team principal Tadashi Yamashina was also thrilled with the second place finish, and said he was confident the performance will be replicated next weekend at a circuit better suited to the car.
“I am extremely happy to be back on the podium and fighting at the front again,” he said. “Timo did a fantastic job this weekend, as did the entire team. Everything went perfectly with Timo today; his pit stops were very good and he drove very well. To be on the podium again is a particularly satisfying result coming just a few days before our home Grand Prix in Japan. Suzuka should be more suited to our car than Singapore so we can expect to be very competitive there as well. I would like to thank the team for their hard work in getting such a great result and I am looking forward to another strong performance next weekend.”