Timo Glock in 2013?
22nd January 2013, 6:50 at 6:50 am #132627
Timo Glock officially left Marrusia yesterday, and the rumours are that he is going to DTM this year but he’s also been rumoured to be going to Force India this year alongside Paul di Resta.
Who do you think will replace Timo at Marrusia and where do you think he will go?22nd January 2013, 6:53 at 6:53 am #224232
I haven’t seen any of the rumours linking him to Force India. I have speculated that he could if Force India is purchased by the German investors who have reportedly made a bid, but I have not seen any actual rumours stemming from anywhere. What little I have seen is mostly people seeing Force India with a free seat and seeing Timo Glock as a free agent and assuming that each is interested in working with the other because of it.22nd January 2013, 7:12 at 7:12 am #224233
Timo Glock is to test for BMW at this week's DTM test at Valencia in Spain. Full story soon
— Jon Noble (@NobleF1) January 22, 201322nd January 2013, 7:16 at 7:16 am #224234
And here’s the “full story”:22nd January 2013, 7:20 at 7:20 am #224235
I wish he went to Force India but I very much doubt it’ll happen.22nd January 2013, 7:46 at 7:46 am #224236
Timo Glock tests the BMW M3 DTM in Valencia
Timo Glock will take to the track at the wheel of the BMW M3 DTM this week. The German driver is in Valencia for BMW Motorsport’s first DTM tests of the year, during which he will familiarise himself with the car and be put through his paces at the “Circuit de la Comunitat”.
“We are pleased to be able to offer Timo Glock the opportunity to get to know our BMW M3 DTM in Valencia,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Timo has demonstrated his driving ability over many years, particularly in Formula One. It is made all the nicer by the fact that he is, to a certain degree, returning to his roots in testing for BMW Motorsport.”
“I have fond memories of my time with BMW Motorsport and am very excited about testing the BMW M3 DTM,” said Glock. “Furthermore, I am bound to see a few familiar faces in Valencia from my previous time with BMW. I am really looking forward to it.”
Glock acquired the necessary tools for his successful career in single-seater racing while competing in the Formula BMW series in 2000 and 2001. The German driver won the Formula BMW ADAC Championship in 2001. Three years later he made his first appearance in Formula One, when he made his debut for the Jordan team at the Canadian Grand Prix.
In 2007, Glock returned to the BMW Motorsport fold. Together with three-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel, Glock was a test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. He also took the title in the GP2 Championship in the same year. Since 2008 he has lined up as a regular driver for various teams in Formula One, and currently has 91 races to his name.22nd January 2013, 9:14 at 9:14 am #224237
There is still one seat left in BMW’s DTM line-up. Audi also has a seat left to fill and Mercedes have only announced 3 of their 8 drivers so far.
With Fabio Leimer now out of the running for the BMW ride, Glock could have a chance of getting it22nd January 2013, 16:33 at 4:33 pm #224238
Alguersuari also has been a nominee for that BMW seat.25th January 2013, 9:39 at 9:39 am #224239
BMW have confirmed Glock will race for them in 2013:
Timo Glock (DE) is returning to the BMW family and will line up for BMW Motorsport in the DTM in 2013. This completes the squad of drivers for the new season. Alongside Glock, reigning DTM champion Bruno Spengler (CA), Augusto Farfus (BR), Joey Hand (US), Andy Priaulx (GB), Martin Tomczyk (DE), Dirk Werner (DE) and Marco Wittmann (DE) will take their places behind the wheel of the BMW M3 DTM.
“We are delighted to have Timo Glock back at BMW Motorsport,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Over the course of his career, Timo has proven on more than one occasion how valuable he is to any team, thanks to his driving ability and open manner. The fact that he is now returning to the BMW family six years after leaving his role as test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team makes this appointment all the more pleasing. I am confident Timo will take no time at all to find his feet in the DTM and will give the fans a lot of pleasure.”
Glock started out on his racing career in the Formula BMW junior programme. In 2000 he won the BMW ADAC Formula Junior Cup, and one year later added the Formula BMW ADAC Championship to his collection of titles. In 2004, at the age of 22, he made his Formula One debut at the Canadian Grand Prix. Glock then switched to the North American ChampCar World Series in 2005, where he finished eighth overall and was named Rookie of the Year. After returning to Europe, Glock lined up in the GP2 series – and won the title at the second attempt in 2007.
In the same year he returned to BMW for the first time since his ‘apprenticeship’ in Formula BMW. Alongside three-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel (DE), Glock took to the track as test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. He used this as a springboard to secure a regular driving spot in the Toyota F1 Team in 2008. Glock claimed three podiums for the Japanese team before switching to Virgin Racing, now known as the Marussia F1 Team, in 2010. In total, Glock has 91 Formula One Grands Prix to his name.
“It is very exciting for me to drive for BMW again after all these years – and in such a top-class racing series as the DTM,” said Glock. “I had a fantastic time in Formula One, but am now looking forward to battling for victories again with my old friends at BMW Motorsport. That is the approach I shall be taking to the challenge of the DTM. I am obviously aware I will have to adapt to a few areas. Not all former Formula One drivers have found their feet immediately in the DTM. But I am using precisely that as my motivation. After winning the title in such impressive fashion last year, there can be absolutely no question that the BMW M3 DTM has everything it needs to allow us to compete at the front of the field again in 2013.”
The tests in Valencia (ES) on Wednesday and Thursday presented Glock with the opportunity to gain his first experience at the wheel of the BMW M3 DTM, and the German impressed immediately. Over the coming weeks and months he and his seven fellow drivers will prepare intensively for the 2013 campaign. As is tradition, the season gets underway in Hockenheim (DE) on 5th May 2013.25th January 2013, 10:09 at 10:09 am #224240
Good for Timo. Both parties seemed to have decided pretty quickly that they wanted to team up. I hope he will have more success than so many others who made the switch from single seaters.25th January 2013, 15:10 at 3:10 pm #224241
I am happy for Timo, but want to see him back in F1 if possible.
Just of interest, what kind a salary would he be looking at in this class compared to an F1 drive???5th February 2013, 6:29 at 6:29 am #224242
According to this report Timo Glock was getting paid about 3 million pounds for 2012. Link here: http://www.crash.net/f1/news/180405/1/f1_2012_driver_salaries_revealed_-_but_who_earns_most.html
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