It is a sign of the times when an established Formula One driver admits he will need to ‘google’ his likely new teammate. Timo Glock joked to Auto Motor und Sport that, if the reports are true that Frenchman Charles Pic is set to replace Jerome d’Ambrosio at Virgin next year, he will have to unfold his laptop.
21-year-old Pic, fourth in GP2 this year, has been driving German Glock’s car in Abu Dhabi this week for the so-called young driver test.
“What does he look like?” 29-year-old Glock, already confirmed for 2012 and beyond, laughed to the German magazine last weekend. “I think if he’s really coming to us (in 2012) then I’ll have to google him some time,”
Olivier Panis-managed Pic is reportedly backed by his family’s business Groupe Charles Andre, a leading European freight company.
Virgin will change its name to Marussia for 2012 and sporting director Graeme Lowdon is expecting the team to finally pull off the last rows of the grid.
“It’s no secret that we had hoped for more from this year’s car, but that clearly wasn’t going to happen once we got it,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail. “We’re all eagerly waiting to see how we can develop that, but at least we’ve the processes and resources in place now to develop the car much, much quicker than we have done this one.”