Interview with Toyotas Timo Glock 20 Jan 2009
Halfway through the 2008 season, three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda named Timo Glock his most promising rookie. Although Glock may have lost out to countryman Sebastian Vettel after his surprise win in Monza, the German nevertheless remains highly regarded in the paddock, and there are quite a few who tip him to deliver Toyotas first win
Q: Timo, in your first season with Toyota you had a bit of a troubled start but in the second half you became a steady points scorer. What are your objectives for this year?
Timo Glock: Yeah, from Hungary on it was a pretty good season for me. By then I had adapted to the team and that resulted in a podium in Budapest and some good positions. So, of course, my target for this year must be to score even more points than in my first year and to be on the podium once in a while.
Q: The big question mark will be KERS. What is your opinion on it?
TG: Well, its hard to tell actually, because everybody has had so little experience with it. What has to be absolutely sure is that it has to be safe for the drivers and the guys working around the car. Whether it really does the expected - its been devised to make overtaking easier - has to be seen. In our case, Jarno (Trulli) has been running it without problems so at the moment I dont see any problems for us.
Q: There will be a lot to do for the drivers in the cockpit, with the moveable front wing flap and the KERS
TG: This year the cockpit will definitely be a place with extra excitement. The extra options that we will have will make racing even more interesting and with all these extra buttons youll feel like your part of Star Wars.
Q: All the new regulations and devices have been introduced to make a better show for fans. Do you think they will deliver?
TG: As I have not so much F1 time under my belt my best memory is my time in GP2. And there - in my time - we had a lot of overtaking. But when I speak with some of the guys who are still racing GP2 they say that after the introduction of the new car it became much more difficult. Coming back to F1, my guess is that with the slick tyres it should work much better - but honestly, I think that it will not be a massive change.
Q: With no testing during the season and fewer races, drivers will have much less to do. How will you spend that extra time? Will you get bored?
TG: When I think of last year, it was one of the hardest years of my whole career. You came back from a race on Sunday or Monday and jumped on a plane the next day to head for the next test. So far I have not made any plans for what to do with this extra time. Maybe I'll work out more or spend more time in Cologne at the factory.
Q: Last years car didnt always support your driving style. Do you feel that this year your driving style was addressed?
TG: If you come from GP2 and have to adapt to an F1 car that always implies a certain phase of warming up with the car. But I was working very hard with my engineers and towards the end of the season we found a very viable way for me to come to terms with the TF108, especially from Canada on. For this year it is difficult to say, as the car is only one week old. But what was possible last year should also be possible this year, so I dont see any problems connecting my driving style to the 09 car. At least we still have enough test days to achieve that.