Timo Glock, Marussia, Valencia, 2012

Marussia confirm Glock’s departure

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Timo Glock, Marussia, Valencia, 2012Marussia have confirmed Timo Glock will not drive for them this year.

The team issued a statement saying the decision was reached “by mutual consent”.

Glock was originally contracted to drive for them during the 2013 season. Team principal John Booth indicated the team had to let him go to take on a paying driver:

“Our team was founded on the principle of benefiting from proven experience whilst also providing opportunities for young emerging talent to progress to the pinnacle of motorsport. Thus far, this philosophy has also been reflected in our commercial model.

“The ongoing challenges facing the industry mean that we have had to take steps to secure our long-term future. Tough economic conditions prevail and the commercial landscape is difficult for everyone, Formula 1 teams included.

“We would like to thank Timo for working with us to reach this decision, especially as he had a valid contract, and also for the contribution he has made to our Team. We wish him all the best for his future and I would like to congratulate the next team acquiring the services of such a competitive, professional and experienced racer.”

Glock said: “I have had three excellent years with the Marussia F1 Team, during which I had the chance to actively participate in building and developing the team in its endeavours to succeed within the Formula One world championship.

“I would like to wish the team good luck in navigating this next period and thank everyone for the great times we shared and the support I have received.

“Although it is not the path I expected to be taking, I am in fact very excited about what the future holds in terms of my own career and I hope to comment on that very soon.”

Booth praised Glock’s efforts since joining the team in 2010, when they were Virgin: “Timo has made a very significant contribution to our team over the past three seasons, helping us to develop our package to the point where, for a large proportion of the 2012 season, we were holding 10th place in the constructors? championship.”

“Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the team,” he added.

The news means the team only have F1 rookie Max Chilton confirmed in their driver line-up for 2013.

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  1. Other people saying they arn’t surprised by this news…I am shocked, it’s not something I ever even thought about.. I guess i just assumed that Glocks seat was a given.

    I can’t help thinking that Formula 1 in general is not as prepared for this season as previous ones – there are still 2 Grand Prixs to be finalised, still 3 drivers to be announced, car launches are later and being announced later..testing is starting in a couple of weeks, is everybody ready? I don’t think so.

  2. according to joe sawards blog , glock is due to test a mercedes dtm car next week….

  3. Interesting news and some very interesting comments from you peeps.

    It really is a shambles, isn’t it. The whole economic model is pear-shaped.

    We need a ban on pay drivers; which is, of course, impossible at the moment. But we must get to the stage where salaried drivers are hired on driving and development abilities, not “dowries”. This surely is the only healthy way to run a sport – so that the best drivers from other series have a chance to move up into F1.

    The answer is, of course, for those greedy bar stewards who run the sport to share profits more equally. It will only profit all parties in the end. At the moment, they are being bloody short-sighted in my opinion.

    Queue Michael Douglas shouting, “Greed is good!”

    1. @shimks

      The answer is, of course, for those greedy bar stewards who run the sport to share profits more equally. It will only profit all parties in the end.

      No, the answer is to find a way to cut costs so that teams can compete for $50 million a year, instead of the $400 million that some of them are currently spending. “Sharing the profits” is only going to give the teams more money to spend when costs are already too high.

  4. I guess Glock’s move to BMW is a done deal.
    BMW works driver and long time friend of Glock had the following twitter conversation with him:

    Dirk Müller: @realTimoGlock Many congrats and welcome in the club:-)))
    Timo Glock: @muellerdirk ppssss danke
    Dirk Müller: @realTimoGlock 😉😉


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