Glock told his official website he wanted a team where he would have greater opportunity to play a role in car development.
He also said he wanted to return to a small British team similar to that he enjoyed at iSport in 2006 to 2007, which culminated in his GP2 championship victory.
Coming after Toyota’s decision to quit F1 it was especially telling that Glock praised Manor as “a real racing team run by true racers.”
The move to a new team for a driver entering his third full season of F1 will inevitably be seen as something of a gamble. But it gives him the opportunity to push the team in his direct particularly if, as some believe, Manor choose to partner him with a rookie. Glock’s former GP2 driver Lucas di Grassi has been tipped for the seat.
The team are also believed to be on the verge of renaming itself as Virgin F1.
Glock ended 2009 on the sidelines after being injured in a crash in qualifying a Suzuka.
That came just a week after he equalled his career-best finish of second in the Singapore Grand Prix. How long will it take him to achieve similar results with Manor?
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