Glock to leave Marussia according to German media

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Timo Glock, Marussia, Korea International Circuit, 2012Timo Glock will not drive for Marussia this year according to a report in Sport Bild.

A team representative told F1 Fanatic in October they had a “long-term” deal with Glock which included a deal to race in 2013. There has been no official confirmation of the report Glock is leaving.

The report quotes Glock saying he has parted from the team on amicable terms and wishes “to make myself new challenges and continue my journey in motorsports”. It says the news will be made official tomorrow.

Glock joined the team when it entered F1 as Virgin in 2010. His 2012 team mate Charles Pic has moved to Caterham for this year and Max Chilton is set to take his place.

Update: Marussia have confirmed Glock is leaving:

Marussia confirm Glock?s departure

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54 comments on Glock to leave Marussia according to German media

  1. Lauri (@f1lauri) said on 20th January 2013, 22:40

    So now we have a possibility to have the two slowest teams both have 100% pay-drivers – both Marussia and Caterham. Soon I’ll support Bernie’s thinking that we have too many teams. Hate seeing pure paydrivers coming into F1. I want Minardi, Tyrell and Jordan back to grow drivers :)

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 21st January 2013, 2:01

      @f1lauri

      Hate seeing pure paydrivers coming into F1.

      But they’re not “pure paydrivers”.

      “Pure paydrivers” are people like Jean-Denis Deletraz, who had more money than sense and fancied themselves as racing drivers when they had no business racing at all. But in today’s day and age, drivers actually need to earn their place in the sport. That’s what the tiered structure of feeder series is for. It doesn’t matter how much money a driver has, if he cannot complete the minimum requirements for a superlicence, he won’t get to race at all. These drivers aren’t completely devoid of talent – they just need to bring sponsors because it costs $50 million a year just to make the grid in the first place, much less be competitive.

      • I Love the Pope said on 21st January 2013, 2:25

        Are they or are they not the best?

        Does money put some drivers ahead of others who are better drivers?

        I would appreciate an honest answer to these two similar questions.

  2. Felipe Bomeny (@portugoose) said on 20th January 2013, 22:50

    Timo Glock is a talented driver so in this respect, it’s saddening to see him leave the sport. But I do believe his F1 exit will be a healthy and beneficial move for his racing career because beating rookies in a team incapable of scoring points won’t provide Glock with the same challenge and motivation that the DTM will. Remaining at Marussia could tarnish his reputation, as future F1 fans may possibly remember him as a backmarker instead of a podium-finisher and a potential race-winner. Glock could have easily been a race-winner had he opted for Renault as opposed to Virgin at the end of 2009 (he picked the latter due to Renault’s dubious future following Crashgate).

    Marussia now has to pick a second driver wisely, as a lack of experience could be detrimental (as Williams experienced this year with its drivers). With Glock gone, the team have an excuse to pick up a well-backed driver to finance the team. Out of this category of “pay drivers”, Luiz Razia and Ma Qing Hua were previously competing with Chilton for a Marussia seat. The loser of the Caterham seat, be it Petrov or van der Garde, could also wind up alongside Chilton. Other fingers have pointed to Sebastien Buemi, Kamui Kobayashi, and Heikki Kovalainen.

  3. I think Glock might be of the same breed as Kovalainen, as far as this dispute is concerned. They both had their fair share of disputes within the team over the last two seasons and none of them was content with driving cars that were practically going nowhere in terms of actual development. They both probably hoped for a place with a better team this season, or the last, or the one before. The offers never came, ergo they decided to call quits on the whole thing. This, mixed up with issues with the driver’s management (in Kovalainen’s case) or probably involving the money factor (in Glock’s case) have put a cap on their careers in F1.

    It’s kind of sad, but I’d prefer seeing them race in WEC or DTM or somewhere with some results rather than struggling at the back of the grid in F1.

    On the other hand, this could open the door to Petrov for a seat (provided Caterham will probably bring either Van Der Garde, Senna or Razia in) as Marussia should be looking for at least one sort-of-experienced driver to team up with Chilton.

    Either way, I must say it’s not looking particulary good for Marussia…that’s for sure.

  4. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 21st January 2013, 2:50

    This strikes me as more of a decision on Glock’s side than that Marussia. He’s probably looking into the future and seeing slim chances of him getting back into a decent front running team whilst he’s at Marussia – so whilst he still feels competitive, why not take on another challenge? Perhaps shining in another series (like DTM) might give him a better shot at it. A shame, though.

    • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 21st January 2013, 9:03

      I think you’re right. It must be well beyond frustrating to be tooling around at the back when you know you’re a better driver than some of those in front of you. Why struggle with a tail-end team? He knows he’s got talent and he also knows that he’s only got a few more years to use that talent. So why not go to series where he has a chance to bag some trophies?

  5. SiY (@siy) said on 21st January 2013, 5:47

    Kovalainen hoped to build and develop the Caterham team around him, in a resource-restricted era of F1, and Glock hoped to do the same with Marussia; now both are gone, the sport is still a big-spenders’ game, and their teams haven’t managed a point after three years. A shame.

    As others have said, Petrov would be a better driver than Marussia probably deserve, but a good fit in terms of marketability. If they can pick up someone with F1 race experience I’m sure they’ll be relieved.

  6. Hate to say this but timo is another driver whose announcement to leave the sport was 2-3 years overdue…

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