Timo Glock made his Formula One racing debut way back in 2004, when he replaced Giorgio Pantano for four races; however, it was not until 2007 that his current stint started when he joined BMW Sauber as test driver, before moving to Toyota as a full time driver for 2008. In the gap he spent his time racing in the Champ Car World Series and in GP2, before becoming an F1 test driver for BMW Sauber in 2007. This week’s Scrutineering takes a look at Glock’s career, his season so far and what the fans say and think about him!
Pre Formula One (2000 – 2003)
Like most other F1 drivers, German driver Timo Glock made his racing debut karting. In 2000 he became champion in the BMW ADAC Formula Junior Cup, and repeated this feat in the Formula BMW ADAC a year later in 2001. He is not the only F1 driver to have won that particular championship as Nico Rosberg, two times world champion Sebastian Vettel, and Nico Hulkenberg have also taken that accolade. In 2002 he came third during his debut year in the German F3 championship, losing out to current McLaren test driver Gary Paffett. In 2003, Glock moved to the Formula 3 Euroseries, where he competed against the likes of Nico Rosberg and Robert Kubica.
Formula One (2004, 2007 – 2012)
Glock was signed up as a test driver for the Jordan Grand Prix team, taking part in four races for them. He scored points on his debut at the Canadian GP, ending up in seventh. After a couple of years away, Glock returned to F1 in 2007 when he became BMW Sauber’s test driver. In 2008, he made the step up to a full-time race seat with Toyota, as the GP2 champion. During that season he took his first podium – a second place in Hungary – as well as five other point scoring finishes. He ended the season tenth in the championship. Glock was retained as a driver for the 2009 season along with Jarno Trulli. He added two further podiums to his collection with a third in Malaysia and a second in Singapore. Glock’s season was brought to a premature end after an accident during qualifying for the Japanese GP. He had sustained injuries during the crash which prevented him from racing for the final three races (including Japan) but thankfully these were not too serious – he was replaced by Kamui Kobayashi. In 2009 Glock finished in the points in nine races and this was enough for him once again to finish tenth in the championship. He holds the record of most successful Toyota driver in terms of average points per race. At the end of 2009 Toyota pulled out of the sport and Glock was signed up by Virgin Racing, where he still races today, although they are now known as Marussia. At the Singapore GP in 2012 he took the team’s highest finish – 12th – which was enough to move them into tenth place in the constructors which is vital in terms of money won. If there was a separate championship for the three teams at the back, based on the same point system, it would currently look like this:
Heikki Kovalainen 257
Vitaly Petrov 232
Timo Glock 204
Charles Pic 165
Pedro de la Rosa 124
Narain Karthikeyan 79
F1 career statistics
Career Points: 51
Fastest Laps: 1
Classified Finishes: 67/85 starts – 78.82%
Between Formula One (2005 – 2007)
In 2005 Glock moved to the Champ Car World Series and drove for the Rocketsports team. He finished the year eighth with a best finishing position of second in Montreal. In 2006 he joined the GP2 championship, driving for BCN Competicion before moving to iSport during the season. He finished the season in fourth, and when he returned for iSport in 2007 he took on F1 drivers such as Bruno Senna, Pastor Maldonado, Lucas di Grassi, Kazuki Nakajima, Karun Chandhok and Sebastien Buemi, beating them all and other drivers on his way to becoming GP2 champion. He then graduated to Formula One in 2008.
What the fans say and think!
- Timo deserves the chance to be fighting for points again and maybe Marussia can provide a car for this over time
- He has been in the sport for quite a long time, in relation to some other drivers – it is good to see him always there and getting a chance
- His twelfth place in Singapore – moved Marussia up the table – edging closer to that elusive first point
- He was impressive in junior days
- His tweeting – informative and funny at times
- One of five Germans on the grid
- He has a nice helmet design
- Singapore 2009 when he went from seventh to finish second on the podium