It’s a situation Glock is familiar with. Having made his debut for Jordan in 2004 and scored in his first race in Canada, Glock found himself without a drive in 2005.
It took him three years to return to F1 via Champ Car racing in the USA followed by GP2. Here’s a look at his F1 career to date in pictures.
Jordan, Champ Car and GP2: 2004-2007
Glock started four races for Jordan, all substituting for Giorgio Pantano as the Italian driver became involved in a sponsorship dispute with the team. He scored points with seventh place on his debut, and brought the car home 15th in the last three races of the year.
In a one-off season in ChampCar he finished eighth in the championship and top rookie. He came close to winning in Montreal, where he began the final lap in the lead but had to yield to Oriol Servia after cutting the chicane while defending once too often.
Glock gambled on a return to Europe and F1′s feeder category GP2 in 2006. His season began quietly with the struggling BCN team, but after switching to iSport he scored an excellent win at home in Germany, passing Jose Maria Lopez on the final lap in Hockenheim.
The following year he clinched the championship despite a couple of misfortunes including a embarrassing collision with team mate Andreas Zuber when the pair shared the front row at Magny Cours. He was also taken out by a rival during a pre-race installation lap at Spa.
Glock had tested for BMW but Toyota got his name on a contract for 2008, bringing him in as a replacement for Ralf Schumacher. Despite early-season crashes in Australia and Germany Glock delivered a podium finish on home ground.
The following year promised much but came up short: Glock was on the podium twice but ended the season injured after crashing in Suzuka. With Toyota pulling out of the sport he was left to search for a new team.
Virgin and Marussia: 2010-2013
Glock joined the new Virgin team for 2010 for what turned out to be the first of three frustrating seasons. The team’s progress was glacially slow, finishing last in 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, now called Marussia, they were poised to cause an upset by beating Caterham to the lucrative tenth place in the championship. But luck turned against them in Brazil – Glock was involved in an incident with Jean-Eric Vergne while leading the Marussias – and they fell to 11th.
According to Glock, the potential income lost by that ultimately led to the team dropping him, as they now require for a driver who can bring backing. Glock tested for BMW’s DTM last week and will race for them in the ten-round series which begins in May at the Hockenheiring.
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