Timo Glock happy with move to Manor Grand Prix for 2010

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Timo Glock will drive for new F1 team Manor in 2010
Timo Glock will drive for new F1 team Manor in 2010

The 2010 F1 driver line-up took another step closer to completion today – but not with the widely predicted move by Jenson Button to McLaren.

It was another of the new F1 outfits, Manor Grand Prix, who announced ex-Toyota racer Timo Glock had joined them for 2010.

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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