Timo Glock: The driver debates

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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This week’s driver debate looks at Timo Glock, Toyota’s junior driver whose 11 Grand Prix starts is dwarfed by team mate Jarno Trulli’s 188.

Glock led home Trulli on Sunday at Montreal, a track he seems to have an affinity with. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, Trulli has been the better driver for most of the year so far.

How do you rate Timo Glock?

Glock has already done something very few drivers manage to get: a second chance in Formula 1.

He got his F1 break in 2004 when he was Jordan’s third driver. Race driver Giorgio Pantano got into a dispute with Eddie Jordan over sponsorship and Glock was drafted in for the Canadian Grand Prix. He finished 11th on the road but the disqualification of both Toyotas and both Williams cars gave him an unlikely two points. It might seem fortuitous, but Glock was ahead of team mate Nick Heidfeld.

Pantano was back in the car for most of the rest of the year but Glock got in another three races at the end of the season. However as Jordan were taken over by Midland he found himself squeezed out.

At first he switched to Champ Car and came close to winning at Montreal, but had to yield to Oriol Servia on the final lap after the stewards judged he’d defended his position illegally.

But Glock’s sights were focused on a return to F1 so he took up the chance of a drive with the least competitive team in GP2 in 2006 in the hope it might lead to something better. It did. Tristan Gommendy was forced to drop out of iSport and Glock took his place, winning twice, hauling himself up to fourth in the championship and worrying title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nelson Piquet Jnr on the way.

He took the championship last year although it took him until the final round, largely due to some poor reliability.

He also joine BMW as test driver and at the end of 2007 the German team and Toyota fought a battle at the Contract Recognition Board over Glock’s services. Toyota won, and Glock took Ralf Schumacher’s place at the team for this year.

Trulli has largely shown him the way this year but in the chaotic race last weekend Glock out-qualifeid and out-raced his team mate, scoring an excellent fourth place. He hasn’t set the F1 world alight just yet but I think he has potential. His dogged pursuit of an F1 drive certainly proved his tenacity and determination.

Read more about Timo Glock: Timo Glock biography

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