Timo Glock says he is excited about the future of the Marussia Virgin Racing team following the announcement earlier this week of a tie-up with McLaren.
The second year team will work alongside McLaren as part of a long-term agreement which will see the Manor Motorsport-run team benefit from the expertise and facilities of the multiple champions, while members of the McLaren team will also work with Virgin – in line with the stipulations laid out by the Concorde Agreement.
A similar agreement has helped Force India to make progress up the F1 pecking order and speaking ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Glock said he was excited about the prospects for the Virgin team now the McLaren deal – and the purchase of the Wirth Research technical centre – has been agreed.
“It already feels like it's been a great week for the team and we haven't even started racing yet,” he said. “I'm very pleased about everything that is happening right now as I believe we can really start to move forward. We're very clear about where we need to get to and how we're going to do it, so I'm feeling very excited for the future of our team.”
This weekend's Silverstone race will be the first of back-to-back 'home' races for former Toyota racer Glock, with the German Grand Prix set to follow, and he admitted he was excited by the upcoming schedule of events.
“These next two races are going to be pretty crazy – it's the team's home race and then my own in Germany just two weeks later, so I should lose a few kilos because of the schedule alone!” he said. “I've had the pleasure of racing in front of the British crowd many times, and for British teams, and it's a very special feeling to know that everyone is rooting for you regardless of nationality.
“Last year was pretty special because it was our team's first home race and its where our fan activities really began with the Stowe event, which was incredible. I hear it's going to be bigger and better this year, so I'm looking forward to that.
“Essentially not too much about Silverstone has changed with the modifications – the track is much the same, although we start and finish the lap at a different place. It has always been one of the best circuits on the calendar – a lot of fun with some very challenging corners. There's usually a bit of English weather to throw into the mix – the cool and windy conditions can be quite unsettling for the cars through the long exposed straights, not to mention the rain which is coming for the weekend. It should be a great event on and off the track.”