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. Russell Gould (@russellgould) said on 20th January 2013, 22:04

    A silly season indeed! Let’s hope that all isn’t lost for some of these more experienced hands.

    I will say that there’s some terrific talent out there lurking in FR 3.5 and such. We always wonder how they’ll ever get as chance in F1. Maybe we’re about to find out?

  2. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 20th January 2013, 22:11

    ..So now the only driver Marussia have is Chilton. Now that’s not something to be happy about.

  3. Presumably Marussia are looking for a driver who can bring money to the table, which puts guys like Senna, van der Garde and Razia in the frame (assuming their backers are still willing to stump up the cash to put them at a backmarker team). Would it be too much to hope that, if Bianchi misses out on the FI seat, Ferrari could pay for him to drive at Marussia for the season (similar to Ricciardo to HRT)?

    • Senna, van der Garde and Razia

      @tdog: Aren’t they all on Caterham’s shortlist already?

      • @tony031r According to various reports, yes. But with only one Caterham seat available, at least two, and maybe all three of them, will miss out. I can’t see why they wouldn’t look at Marussia as a plan B.

        • @tdog: Van Der Garde is probably gonna remain Caterham-linked and prefer the role of reserve driver with them. He’s settled with the team and he’s experienced enough to realise Marussia isn’t going anywhere.

          Razia will probably prefer to run for another season in GP2 and wait for an opening with a better team, rather than rush in the Marussia seat. Again, a clear case of car-below-the-driver’s-level.

          Senna, maybe, if Caterham don’t pick him first. He’ll be desperate to get a drive and stay in the sport. And he’s got the budget to do just that. So he’s the no.1 option for both teams, in terms of finance, of course.

          So I have a feeling it’s between Senna and Petrov for these two seats, with maybe Haryanto as an option for Marussia. Even though promoting both their academy drivers in one single season, especially when they’ve oficially become the slowest team on the grid, is an incredibly stupid idea, even for a team who changed three no.2 drivers in 3 seasons.

  4. infy (@infy) said on 20th January 2013, 22:15

    Maybe he’s moving up to a better team?

  5. Heikki will drive for caterham.
    Petrov’s cash just opened up a drive at marrusia as the door closed at caterham (glock just got trulli’d)
    Bianchi will drive for force India

    All the rest get f1reject profiles

    Seriously sutil getting a drive is rubbish – I only rated the guy after he got a bit stabby

    • Heikki will drive for Caterham.

      As far as I know (there was also an article featured here pointing to this) Kovalainen is not likely to get a drive with Caterham next year. Something to do with Heikki’s management and the internal disputes with Fernandez.

      The way I see it:
      - Bianchi gets the Force India seat (big mistake, considering he’s inexperienced and FI still have Sutil and god knows who else on the table);
      - Senna gets a buy in at Caterham (big mistake, considering Senna is…well, borderline average and can’t possibly contribute much to Caterham’s enter-the-midfield charge; perhaps Razia would be a better choice, not to mention keeping either Petrov or Kovalainen);
      - Petrov gets a cheap buy in at Marussia (big mistake from Petrov, considering Marussia are likely to be the new clear, undisputable, HRT-level backmarkers)

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 21st January 2013, 1:42

        @tony031r

        As far as I know (there was also an article featured here pointing to this) Kovalainen is not likely to get a drive with Caterham next year. Something to do with Heikki’s management and the internal disputes with Fernandez.

        That’s only partially correct, I’m afraid. It’s not an internal dispute – it’s money. The team has made it known that they are looking at drivers who can bring sponsorship to the team, and Kovalainen has gone on the record as saying that he doesn’t want to have to find sponsors to keep a seat.

        Petrov gets a cheap buy in at Marussia (big mistake from Petrov, considering Marussia are likely to be the new clear, undisputable, HRT-level backmarkers)

        Except that Marussia had more meaningful progress in 2012 than Caterham have had in the past three years. They used the CFD-only approach in 2010 and 2011 before abandoning it for 2012. The MR-01 was the first car the team had built using conventional design techniques, and both Marussias were out-qualifying the Caterhams by the end of the season, even if they didn’t quite have the outright race pace. By rights, they should have finished the championship in tenth place; it was only dumb luck that saw Petrov get by Pic in the last laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix (though Marussia’s owner and engineering director, Nikolai Fomenko, reckons Pic did it deliberately because he is moving to Caterham next year). In addition to that, they’re using KERS for the first time this year, and have access to McLaren’s facilities.

        Furthermore, a Russian driver racing for a Russia team could easily attract more Russian sponsors, which means more money to develop the car.

        • @prisoner-monkeys

          Except that Marussia had more meaningful progress in 2012 than Caterham have had in the past three years.

          While I agree with this, Renault’s involvement with Caterham puts them in a better position to at least try to enter the midfield-zone in 2013. I’m not resuming this issue to engine-supply but being the only Cosworth powered team on the grid can’t really help Marussia. Furthermore, they have a smaller budget than Caterham, they are stuck with Chilton and they don’t have good prospects for a no.1 driver (Petrov is the only decent option but he might still stick with Caterham). This is far from being the ideal situation for the russian team and even though Caterham doesn’t look MUCH better at the moment, they are still half a step ahead.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

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

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