So the countdown begins, and after almost 40,000 votes in all, we can reveal who you have selected as the best drivers of F1 2009 – with Timo Glock coming in at number ten.
In his second full season in the top flight with Toyota, Glock made solid progress upon the improvements he had displayed in 2008, with a brace of rostrum finishes – courtesy of a charging drive in the downpour of Malaysia and an inspired performance, again out East, in Singapore – standing out as the highlights of a generally strong campaign. Where he produced the fastest lap from in Valencia remains a mystery, as the Japanese manufacturer struggled woefully around low-speed tracks.
Indeed, as with experienced team-mate Jarno Trulli, the young German's form fluctuated somewhat in-tune with the frustratingly unpredictable TF109 – with Toyota Motorsport President John Howett's contentious claim that the lack of consistent results was down to drivers rather than car appearing somewhat specious given that there was rarely much to choose between the two men in the cockpit, and that the team achieved both a front row and back row lock-out.
However, when the machinery allowed, Glock was superb, the only slight chink in his armour being the underwhelming statistic that he trailed renowned qualifying specialist Trulli ten-four on Saturday afternoons. Other than that, the 27-year-old Lindenfels native did well in 2009 – and he should be a considerable asset to Virgin Racing in 2010, as the F1 newcomers bid to get their challenge off the grand prix starting grid.
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