For the second Grand Prix in a row one of 2008’s rookie drivers found himself standing on the second step of the podium.
In Germany it was Nelson Piquet Jnr and in Hungary it was Toyota’s Timo Glock.
The German driver and reigning GP2 champion has had a bit of a quiet year so far. He capitalised on a hectic race at Montreal to finish an excellent fourth. Other than that he’d usually been behind team mate Jarno Trulli.
But Glock’s pace over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend was excellent. He out-qualified Trulli, taking fifth on the grid, and moving into fourth at the expense of Robert Kubica who was on the dirty side of the track.
His pace in the race was excellent. He dropped Kubica quickly before Fernando Alonso took up the chase. When Kimi Raikkonen passed Alonso the Ferrari driver quickly caught Glock, but was unable to pass him, and backed off in the closing stages.
Like Kovalainen, Glock profitted from Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton’s problems. But his strong drive was a sign Toyota’s rookie is coming of age.
His eight points move him up to tenth in the drivers’ championship tied with – you guessed it – Nelson Piquet Jnr.