Timo Glock has been given a vote of confidence from Toyota after a nightmare start to his first full season in Formula One.
The reigning GP2 champion has failed to score a single point this year and has only once qualified in the top-ten. The German has also been involved in several collisions with other drivers and prior to Turkey had only one incident-free race to his name.
Team-mate Jarno Trulli in comparison has hustled his TF108 into the top-ten at each of the five opening rounds and scored all of Toyota s nine points.
Toyota s Racing President John Howett has defended Glock saying that the Cologne-based outfit are more than satisfied with his current performance.
“I think he is developing very well and his confidence is growing,â€ said the Toyota chief. “We are very happy. He has shown an ability to really pull out a quick lap in qualifying.â€
“We are looking forward in the next few Grands Prix to really seeing his full potential. He s got the speed, there s no doubt about that, and the results are going to come soon.â€
In the latest round of the 2008 season, Glock had another disappointing weekend, lining up fifteenth on the grid and finishing only two places higher after a race-long scrap with the Honda s of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button.
The prestigious principality of Monaco provides the backdrop to the next round of the championship and Glock, who has put in some impressive charges at the street circuit in GP2, is hoping for better luck.
“I love racing there even if it is very punishing to any mistakes,â€ revelled the 26-year-old. “I particularly enjoyed my GP2 races there and the 2006 race was actually quite a pivotal moment in my career.â€
“I love racing there even if it is very punishing to any mistakes. I particularly enjoyed my GP2 races there and the 2006 race was actually quite a pivotal moment in my career.â€
“I started 17th and got all the way up to fourth before I had to stop with a gearbox problem. It was a key moment because the iSport team boss Paul Jackson was watching the race as his two drivers were out.
“He was at the Swimming Pool area and he realised I was doing very well in a car that was not perfectly set up. When he had trouble with one of his drivers later, he gave me the chance and I took it. I m looking forward to trying to get the best out of the TF108 around the streets.â€