Timo Glock has insisted that he has made the right decision having inked a deal to race with the new Manor/Virgin Racing team in 2010.
Glock was confirmed by Manor Grand Prix - the team that will compete as Virgin Racing in next year's FIA F1 World Championship - last month and while many have said it might be a mistake, including three-time F1 world champion, Niki Lauda [see separate story – click here
], the German is confident he has made a good choice.
"Some have said that this is the beginning of the end for me," he told Auto Bild
"But I have experienced many highs and lows in my career and have therefore a pretty good long-term vision. In my view F1 is moving back to the private teams."
Glock made his F1 debut with Jordan in 2004, before getting a second chance with Toyota
in 2008 and 2009, following his success in F1's feeder series in 2007, when he clinched the GP2 Series title with iSport.
While Glock is realistic about what the team might achieve in 2010, he is looking forward to the challenge of helping the squad progress and reckons they can all make significant steps forward in 2011 and 2012.
"Clearly in the first year, one or two will point their finger at us and laugh," he added. "The results will only be coming in two, three years.
"But if you ask me it is more satisfying to work upwards with a small team than to just sit in a winning car.
"It is a good combination of young, motivated and also experienced people here. I want to progress along with them."