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Glock steps in for Pantano at Jordan 12 Jun 2004

(L to R): Timo Glock (GER) Jordan Test Driver celebrates his twenty-second birthday with a cake presented by Giorgio Pantano (ITA) Jordan.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18 March 2004

German to make first Formula One start on Sunday

Jordan’s third driver Timo Glock will make his Grand Prix debut in Montreal after replacing Giorgio Pantano in car number 19 for the remainder of the Canadian Grand Prix meeting.

The move was announced ahead of Saturday's first practice, after Pantano missed Friday’s two practice sessions due to what the team described as “a personal matter”. Jordan say they are supporting the Italian and hope he will be in a position to resume his normal driving duties at the next round of the championship in Indianapolis.

Pantano is managed by Danish entrepreneur Lars-Christian Brask, who helped to finance his early career. However, Pantano’s father Guiseppe, is in dispute with Brask over the future management of his son’s career, and this is understood to have led to Pantano failing to run on Friday.

The move means that Glock , who was 19th fastest in Friday’s second practice, just a fraction of second slower than team leader Nick Heidfeld, will make his first Formula One race start in Montreal on Sunday.

Glock, 22, a three-time winner in the 2003 Formula 3 Euro series, began testing with Jordan earlier this year, before being signed as their third driver to run in all of this season’s Friday practice sessions.

Of his surprise debut, he said: "I’m excited and a bit nervous to be taking part in this Grand Prix. It is my first time at this track and I spent most of yesterday learning the circuit. Obviously I was not expecting to race in F1 this soon and the circumstances are not very nice for my team mate Giorgio, but I will give full effort as always and I hope I can do a good job for the team."

Team boss Eddie Jordan added: "The circumstances of Timo’s first race with Jordan are unexpected and he is certainly being thrown in at the deep end. He has been doing a first-class job as our test and official third driver and of course part of that role is to always be prepared, as reserve driver, to replace either race driver if they are unable to take part in an event. Timo’s first Grand Prix has come rather more quickly than anybody anticipated but I have every confidence that he will give it his all."

Glock, a graduate of Deutsche Post’s "Speed Academy" driver development programme, began his motorsport career in 1997 at the age of 15, winning several karting championships and the BMW Formula ADAC Series in 2000 and 2001 before finishing third in his first International Formula Three Series in Germany in 2002, when he was awarded "Rookie of the Year". In Formula 3 Euro last season he competed against the likes of Christian Klien, now racing for Jaguar, and Toyota Formula One tester Ryan Briscoe.