Timo Glock's hopes of concluding a deal to race with Toyota in 2008 have been dealt a blow after BMW admitted they would like to maintain their investment for a few more years.

The new GP2 Series Champion is embroiled in a tug-of-war between BMW and Toyota after Mario Theissen revealed to the German Bild newspaper that they would like to keep hold of Glock for the near future in order to make the most of their investment in him.

However, Glock's best chances under a BMW contract remain a test driver role with the team, something he does not want to pursue given that Toyota are offering him a race drive in 2008.

Indeed, Glock hit back in the same newspaper by claiming that he will be disappointed if he is not able to chase the biggest break in his career.

"One must understand that they must find the optimum solution for themselves. But I now have a large chance at another large team and BMW cannot offer that to me. Therefore I would like to absolutely change!

"I am very grateful to BMW. The team helped me and I helped the team. I felt good there, but now I must go to the next step. I hope we can come to an agreement."

Glock, who is reputed with being one of the few drivers to score points on their Formula 1 debut in 2004 at the wheel of a Jordan, insists he is ready for the step up to the pinnacle of motorsport and is confident he can show well with Toyota if he is allowed to.

"I have a lot of hope! I can change from being a substitute to being in a good driver position with another top team, so I will fight. I know I am a strong enough driver."

 

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