Timo Glock 2008 team portrait

Timo Glock
 

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Born March 18th 1982 in Lindenfels, Germany
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After a successful karting career the young German moved up to Formula BMW in 2000, winning the ADAC Junior Championship at his first attempt before repeating the performance the following year in the full championship. Moving up to German F3 with the KMS Motorsport team in 2002 proved to be a big step and Glock found little success, however a second year with KMS in 2003 yielded 3 wins and 5th place in the championship - enough to catch the eye of Eddie Jordan who signed the young German to be the teams official test driver for the 2004 Grand Prix season.

A dispute between Giorgio Pantano and his management team just before the Canadian GP led to Glock getting his first Formula One start. Driving a steady race, he was one of those that benefited greatly from the disqualification of both Williams and both Toyota cars netting him two very valuable championship points. Pantano returned for the US GP and Glock went back to the Friday test driver role for several races. Later in the season Jordan and Pantano once again ran into "sponsorship problems" and parted ways before the inaugural Chinese GP, returning Glock to the race team for the final three GP of the season.

Without a ride in 2005 Glock went to the USA and ran a competitve season with Rocketsports Racing in the ChampCar Championship before returning to Europe in 2006 and racing in GP2. As well as testing for BMW Sauber, the German stayed in GP2 for 2007 and took the title driving for iSport. The title led to him being offered the vacant Toyota seat for 2008, where he acquitted himself well alongside the vastly more experienced Jarno Trulli and was retained for 2009.

The 2009 season started well, running consistently in the Top 10 and taking a podium in the rain-shortened Malaysian GP. After a mid-season lull Glock looked to be on an upswing with a second-place in Singapore, but during qualifying at the next race in Japan, he crashed heavily and was side-lined for the rest of the season. Toyota then announced its withdrawl from F1, leaving Glock without a drive.

Though he had an offer from Renault for 2010, the French manufacturer was pondering its future in F1 and having been burned by Toyota, Glock took the guaranteed (and paid) drive at the new Manor Motorsport-run Virgin team. As expected, the team struggled but Glock stayed on for 2011 as development continued and even signed a three year contract extension halfway through the 2011 season after Russian car company Marussia bought into the team.

Despite running without KERS the Marussia cars put in some reasonable performances and looked set for 10th place in the Constructors' Championship - and the valuable TV money that goes with it - but were beaten out by Caterham at the final race. With finances crucial for 2013, Glock left the team by "mutual consent" in January and embarked on a driving career outside of F1.

Formula One Record

Year Team / # Starts Wins Poles F Lap Pts Pos
2004 Jordan-Ford #19
Jordan-Ford Test Driver
4 0 0 0 2 19th
2007 BMW Sauber Test Driver - - - - - -
2008 Toyota #12 18 0 0 0 25 10th
2009 Toyota #10 14 0 0 1 24 10th
2010 Virgin-Cosworth #24 18 0 0 0 0 25th
2011 Marussia Virgin-Cosworth #24 18 0 0 0 0 25th
2012 Marussia-Cosworth #24 19 0 0 0 0 20th
 

TOTALS:

91 0 0 1 51  

2007 FIA GP2 Champion
2001 German Formula BMW ADAC Champion
2000 German Formula BMW ADAC Junior Champion


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