2011 F1 season
Timo Glock says there is no doubt he will be staying with Virgin for 2011 despite rumours he might switch teams.
In an interview on the teams’ website he said:
I’m excited. And yes I am definitely driving for Virgin Racing. There has been a lot of speculation about me wanting to leave the team, but it is not about leaving a team, it is about wanting to do better and keep moving forward. It is not just 99.9% certain that I will stay, as has been reported – it is 100% certain that I am staying.
Since the beginning I have had a long-term contract with the team and I said then that I was doing this to help build a team for the future. It would not be possible to do that in one year from nothing.
Plus I think with everything we have learned this year we can take a very good step up next season. This is a great team of people who have given blood, sweat and tears to our first season. Some people haven’t seen that with their own eyes, like I have, so it’s easy to criticise or be cynical.
He also indicated the identity of the team’s second driver could be confirmed soon:
I understand that the team wants to announce the line-up together when the second seat is confirmed. I think it is right to take our time and make sure we have the best combination of youth and experience, plus make sure we have the best information going back into the team at testing and races to ensure we can develop as quickly as we want to and keep moving forward.
I don’t think we will have to wait too much longer for that news – hopefully before Christmas.
Glock was the only one of Virgin’s 2010 drivers to run in the post-season Pirelli test. Lucas di Grassi has not driven the car since the final round at Abu Dhabi.
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