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Glock signs long-term contract with Virgin 24 Jul 2011

(L to R): John Booth (GBR) Virgin Racing Team Principal and Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing, who has signed with the team until 2014.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 24 July 2011 Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing MVR-02 waves to the crowd.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 22 July 2011 Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia, Spain, Friday, 24 June 2011 Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR6 and Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing MVR-02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, European Grand Prix, Race, Valencia, Spain, Sunday, 26 June 2011 Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing MVR-02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6,  Monaco Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday, 26 May 2011

Timo Glock has signed a new, long-term contract with Virgin, it was announced on Sunday. Glock has been with the team, who recently agreed a technical partnership with McLaren, since they joined the Formula One grid last season.

“I am very happy to confirm that Marussia Virgin Racing will be my home for the next few years of my Formula One career,” said the German driver. “I’m especially pleased to be able to announce this news ahead of my home Grand Prix in Germany today, where my career began.”

Virgin have had a difficult start in Formula One and have yet to score their first points. They recently parted ways with original technical director Nick Wirth, also abandoning their digital-only design approach.

“The past 18 months of racing have been quite tough, although this was always to be expected,” continued Glock. “As a driver I knew I would have to go back a few steps in order to move forward. Now we have tasted the difficult times together I can’t wait to be with the team when we start to enjoy the good times. And I know they are coming.

“I’ve seen tremendous belief from Marussia and hard work and commitment across the whole team. With the additional steps we have taken - the technical partnership with McLaren and bringing the whole team together - I believe we can achieve our goals together. This year we’ve demonstrated that we know how to build a reliable car, and with the resources we now have we should be able to add to that a high-performing car. After that it’s all about gradual but significant steps forward.”

Commenting on Glock’s decision to extend his commitment to Virgin, CEO Andy Webb said: “We are delighted to have agreed a new long-term contract with Timo, which represents another significant step in our plans for Marussia Virgin Racing. Timo’s contribution to the team over the past 18 months has been immeasurable and he has certainly lived up to his commitment to help build a team from within.

“It has been a tough climb at times, and for a driver of his unquestionable record it must have proved frustrating at times. Both he and the team are fortunate to be faced with the opportunities we have now created for ourselves when we are still very much in our infancy.

“Timo is vastly experienced whilst still bringing youth and great spirit to the team. We are looking forward to seeing what we can do together to extract the maximum from our resources, particularly the promising technical partnership with McLaren. We look forward to continuing the positive relationship we enjoy with Timo.”

Glock will start his home Grand Prix this afternoon from 19th, his best grid slot of the year so far, with team mate Jerome D’Ambrosio 21st.

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