Chilton was ‘looking forward’ to being Glock’s teammate

Rookie Max Chilton has admitted he would prefer to have Timo Glock as his teammate in 2013.

Actually, Marussia dispensed with German Glock’s experienced services in favour of a ‘pay driver’ — another rookie in the form of Brazilian Luiz Razia.

“It is not ideal,” Briton Chilton is quoted by Germany’s motorsport-total.com. “I had been looking forward to being Timo’s teammate, because of his vast experience.”

Chilton, 21, acknowledged however that he is sure the team will not encounter any serious “problems” as the result of its all-new driver lineup.

“Unless we were all capable, we would not be in Formula One,” he insisted.

In fact, he thinks that – in some ways – it could be an advantage for both himself and Razia, who is 23.

“Neither of us are number one or number two, so the team will treat us the same,” said Chilton.

The British broadcaster Sky quoted McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh as saying it’s “sad” there are so many pay-drivers in F1 now who are arguably “fundamentally not good enough” to be on the grid. But his Sauber counterpart Monisha Kaltenborn, who is arguing strongly for cost-cutting action in F1, said labelling young drivers like that is not fair.

“There has always been fluctuation on the grid and nobody was harping on about pay drivers,” she told the sport’s official website. “Everybody who comes into Formula One is on a high level and if there are only a limited number of seats, then of course every team is looking for the best option. Who wouldn’t?”

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Symonds: Glock went because Marussia needs ‘every million’

Marussia parted with Timo Glock because a backmarker team needs every million. That is the claim of Pat Symonds, the former Renault ‘crash-gate’ conspirator who – after serving his F1 ban – is now openly in charge of the 2013 Marussia MR02.

Devoid of many sponsors, the new red and black car will be raced this year by wealthy Max Chilton and Luiz Razia, who replaced German Glock at the last minute.

“For Red Bull, one million has little effect,” Symonds is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport. “For us it’s different.”

Marussia has openly admitted it ousted the salaried Glock because it needed a driver to bring significant sponsorship.

“I have to take my hat off to Timo,” said Symonds, referring to the 30-year-old who has switched to DTM with BMW. “He understood our situation and told us that if his leaving can help 100 jobs, then he will make room for another driver.”

Still, Symonds regrets that Glock had to go.

“He is an excellent driver; with his experience and feedback he helped a lot with the development of the car,” he said. “And he was excellent in difficult conditions. On a dry track, he was three to five tenths in front of (Charles) Pic (in 2012). But in difficult conditions, such as the last race in Brazil, it was one and a half seconds.”

Martin Whitmarsh, the McLaren boss who this week admitted he tried and failed to help former team driver Heikki Kovalainen stay in F1, said the current ‘pay driver’ situation is “a shame” for F1.

“It is exciting for those guys who can afford it,” he is quoted by the Dutch magazine Formule1, “but in my opinion this is the top of motor sport.

“For some teams it’s difficult to survive, that’s for sure,” he acknowledged.

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Glock: Ecclestone model starving small teams

F1’s funding model is ‘starving’ the smaller teams, Marussia refugee Timo Glock claims.

The 30-year-old German has had to leave F1 for the DTM touring car series for 2013, because Marussia need to replace him with a pay-driver.

“I learned the hard way,” said Glock, “that it is extremely difficult for a small team to come out of the cellar. The top teams get a lot of money from Bernie Ecclestone, starving the small teams a little bit. Finding partners to improve the budget is increasingly difficult,” he is quoted by Speed Week.

Indeed, the smaller teams are apparently becoming increasingly reliant on ‘pay drivers’ to boost their coffers, and it is expected that – like Glock – the next victim of this trend will be Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen.

“There have always been pay drivers,” Glock admitted. “I won’t say that they have no talent. Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez have proved that you can have good partners behind you and drive fast as well. It’s perfectly legitimate.

“But it’s too bad that Formula One is increasingly developing in this direction.”

He said Marussia in particular was caught out by the political wranglings of a few years ago, when small teams’ interest was sparked by former FIA president Max Mosley’s plans for a budget cap.

“The approach of building a car only with CFD could have worked if the budget cap had come in,” said Glock. “But it didn’t. We then determined early on that you can’t do it just with CFD, you also need the wind tunnel, and by then the collaboration with McLaren had come too late.

“Last year, we showed that we can make a step forward, and found more than 1.5 seconds (per lap). But in order to make the big step, you need double the budget.”

Der Spiegel reported last week that Marussia only managed to vacate Glock’s cockpit for 2013 after paying him his retainer.

He responded: “Then they know quite a lot, or more than I do. On contractual things I can’t say much. It’s mine and Marussia’s business only.”

As for whether he has closed the chapter on F1, having reportedly signed a three-year contract with BMW, Glock insisted: “Let’s wait.

“At the moment I’m focusing on what lies ahead. What happens in the next few years, we wait and see.”

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Glock: Small teams ‘stuck in vicious circle’

Timo Glock has lamented the trend at the back of F1’s grid.

The salaried German has been dropped by Marussia mid-contract, with the backmarker team openly admitting it needs to replace him with a sponsored driver. 30-year-old Glock has switched to DTM with BMW.

“A few years ago,” he told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, “if the gap (to the front teams) was one or two centimetres, now it is ten.”

Indeed, HRT has folded, Marussia has cleared space for a second pay-driver, and Caterham is yet to announce a teammate for Charles Pic — and it is unlikely to be the highly rated Heikki Kovalainen.

“As long as this model (in F1) continues, it will be increasingly difficult for the smaller teams to stay in the race,” Glock predicted. “And next year, with the new engines, then Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes will pull even further ahead.”

Needing ‘pay drivers’ simply to stay afloat but then suffering on track as a result, Glock said the smallest teams are “stuck in a vicious circle”.

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Glock: Losing tenth place crucial to F1 exit

Losing tenth place in the constructors’ championship at the final hurdle last year was a major reason for Timo Glock’s shock departure.

Asked by speed-academy.de to outline when he first realised his future with the struggling team for 2013 was in doubt, German Glock recalled the dying moments of last year’s season finale in Brazil.

“We had really counted on being able to keep the tenth place,” said the 30-year-old, who will be replaced with an as-yet undecided ‘pay driver’.

In the meantime, Glock has already agreed a new deal to race for the front-running BMW team in Germany’s DTM touring car championship. Tenth place is lucrative in F1’s constructors’ world championship, because teams finishing lower miss out on crucial benefits as set out in the governing Concorde Agreement.

“That (Brazil) was when I began to concern myself with the subject,” said Glock, recalling the moment when he realised his F1 future might be in doubt.

“The team came to me and told me very clearly and openly what is the situation. I made my thoughts about it and eventually we sat down together and went through the certain possibilities,” he revealed. “I then realised how difficult was the economic situation for the team, and that it would therefore be difficult to make the expected step forward.

“We now have a good base and I also believe that the new car will be a step forward,” continued Glock. “But, still, I know what it takes to make the really big step,” said the former Toyota driver.

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Glock signs BMW deal, Kubica happy after DTM debut

Former Marussia driver Timo Glock has agreed a three-year contract to race in Germany’s DTM touring car series with BMW.

That is the claim of Sport Bild, reporting that the deal will be announced officially on Friday.

Shortly after Marussia announced it is replacing the 30-year-old with an as-yet undecided pay-driver, Glock headed to Valencia where he tested BMW’s M3 DTM car.

“The car is great,” he said. “I can finally go for wins.

“The team already feels like family to me. I’m all fired up for the season.”

The 2013 DTM season begins at Hockenheim in early May.

Former BMW and Renault driver Robert Kubica has also been in action at Valencia this week, testing Mercedes’ DTM car.

“I was able to get to grips with the car and felt very comfortable, even though after my long break it meant adjusting to the high downforce,” said the Pole.

“I’m very pleased with my performance on this first day of DTM testing and had no problems whatsoever in the car.”

Meanwhile, there are reports 2012 HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan is considering a switch to the US-based Indycar series for this year.

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Marussia admits money reason for Glock exit

Marussia on Monday admitted the need for money is behind the decision to part with the team’s long-time lead driver Timo Glock.

It is believed German Glock, 30, was being paid about EUR 3 million per season. Reportedly yet to agree a new Concorde Agreement deal with Bernie Ecclestone, and narrowly missing out on the lucrative tenth place in the 2012 constructors’ championship, Marussia will almost certainly now replace Glock with a ‘pay driver’.

“The ongoing challenges facing the industry mean that we have had to take steps to secure our long term future,” team boss John Booth said in a media statement. “Tough economic conditions prevail and the commercial landscape is difficult for everyone, formula one teams included.”

Booth praised Glock’s contribution and talent and also the fact that he is leaving despite having a “valid contract”.

It is rumoured his next move will be to BMW’s DTM team, even though there are suggestions he could become Paul di Resta’s teammate at Force India.

Booth said Glock’s replacement at Marussia will be revealed “in due course”.

Glock is quoted as saying: “I would like to wish the team good luck in navigating this next period and thank everyone for the great times we shared and the support I have received.

“Although it is not the path I expected to be taking, I am in fact very excited about what the future holds in terms of my own career and I hope to comment on that very soon.”

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Glock to leave Marussia for DTM?

Timo Glock looks set to leave Marussia – and probably F1 too.

After leaving Toyota in the wake of the Japanese giant’s F1 exit, the now 30-year-old German has been Marussia’s lead driver since the former Virgin team’s 2010 inception. Sport Bild, a German publication, reports that Glock and Marussia have now agreed to split, despite the existence of a contract for 2013 and 2014.

The report said the news will be made official on Monday, with Glock to be quoted as saying: “I have had three great years with the team. We depart amicably.

“Now I want to meet new challenges and continue my path in motor sport.”

The reason for Glock’s split is almost certainly financial, with the well-funded British rookie Max Chilton already signed up to drive one of the cars in 2013. Marussia is yet to comment.

But the mass-circulation Bild newspaper said Marussia “desperately needs money”, meaning Glock’s cockpit “must be sold to a pay-driver”. That report said the replacement for Glock, who earned about EUR 2 million per season, will have to pay “at least five million” to be Chilton’s new teammate.

Britain’s Telegraph newspaper mentioned Vitaly Petrov or Sebastien Buemi as potential candidates. And Belgium’s RTL named Jerome d’Ambrosio, the Eric Boullier-managed 2012 Lotus reserve who in 2011 was Glock’s teammate at Virgin, as a possibility.

Swiss newspaper Blick wrote: “The biggest mystery is what Glock will do now? Is he suddenly on Force India’s list?”

Auto Motor und Sport said he is in the running to race for BMW in Germany’s premier touring car championship DTM in 2013.

BMW-contracted driver Dirk Muller said to Glock on Twitter late on Sunday: “Many congrats and welcome in the club”.

Glock responded: “Ppssss … danke”.

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Glock always beats Vettel – at chess

Reigning back-to-back world champion and 2012 points leader Sebastian Vettel has admitted that F1 backmarker Timo Glock always beats him — in a game of chess.

Switzerland’s Blick newspaper reports that Red Bull driver Vettel only discovered his love of the famous board game in the past few weeks. So far, the German has played mostly against his countryman Glock, who drives for Marussia.

“Timo is the only one who is giving me real problems this year,” laughed Vettel. “Because he always wins!”

This weekend will be Vettel’s 100th grand prix, where in Austin the 25-year-old could theoretically wrap up his third consecutive drivers’ championship.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Lewis Hamilton’s latest pastime is recording music in a $2,400 per day London studio, the Sun newspaper reports.

“He’s very passionate about music and wants his work to be of good quality,” said a source. “He’s got the cash, so why not? But he has no intention of becoming a pop star.”

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Glock: Caterham should keep Kovalainen

Timo Glock, Marussia’s lead driver, has urged rival team Caterham to keep Heikki Kovalainen.

Caterham is expected to replace Vitaly Petrov’s Russian millions next year with the well-backed Frenchman Charles Pic, who currently is Glock’s teammate at Marussia. But with Marussia currently placed tenth in the constructors’ championship, Caterham stands to lose its projected $20 million in Concorde Agreement earnings, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. That has endangered Finn Kovalainen’s seat, who like Glock is actually paid to drive.

If Caterham cannot win back tenth and the reported $20m, boss Tony Fernandes is apparently considering ‘pay drivers’ Giedo van der Garde or Bruno Senna to replace Kovalainen.

German Glock said: “If the difference between tenth and eleventh is really worth $20 million to Caterham, I’d rather have an experienced driver who can protect that tenth place for me. No pay-driver brings that much money,” he argued.

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