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Ask the Expert - Toyota's Timo Glock 17 Jul 2009

Timo Glock (GER) Toyota.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 20 June 2009 Timo Glock (GER) Toyota TF109.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Saturday, 11 July 2009 (L to R): Timo Glock (GER) Toyota with Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Race, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 12 July 2009 Timo Glock (GER) Toyota.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 10 July 2009 Timo Glock (GER) Jordan Ford EJ14.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2004

What is former team boss Eddie Jordan’s band called? Which current drivers scored on their Formula One debuts? When was AC/DC’s Highway to Hell album released? For which film did Will Smith earn an Oscar nomination? And at what race - and thanks to which driver - did Toyota celebrate their first pole position? These are just some of the questions we thought Toyota’s Timo Glock would take in his stride after he agreed to be the latest participant in our personal trivia test, ‘Ask the Expert’...

Q: You made your Formula One debut with Jordan in 2004. What is your former team boss Eddie Jordan’s band called?
Timo Glock:
I don’t know, it was Eddie and the something but I can’t remember.
Almost, but not quite- the band is known as Eddie and the Robbers.

Q: You were born in Lindenfels. Can you name the other famous sportsman to hail from the German town?
TG:
Sebastian Kneissl, he’s a footballer in Germany.
Correct

Q: You currently drive for Toyota. The Japanese company boasts its very own management philosophy, but can you name one component of the ‘Toyota Way’?
TG:
Kaizen, which is continuous improvement.
Correct

Q: One of your favourite albums is AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, but when was the album released?
TG:
1979
Correct

Q: How many points - to the nearest 10 - has your team mate Jarno Trulli scored over his Formula One career?
TG:
That’s tricky. Quite a lot - around 240?
Correct - to be precise it’s 235.5.

Q: You are a fan of Will Smith but can you guess which film earned him an Oscar nomination?
TG:
The film about Muhammad Ali. Was it called Muhammad Ali or Ali, something like that…?
Correct - it was ‘Ali’.

Q: You are yet to clinch a Formula One victory, but six German drivers have managed it. Can you name all six?
TG:
Michael Schumacher obviously, then Sebastien Vettel, Ralf (Schumacher) and Heinz-Harald Frentzen. The others were from before I was born I think!
Good try - four out of six - the other two were Jochen Mass and Wolfgang von Trips.

Q: You scored the same amount of points - 55 - in 2003’s Formula Three Euro Series as which Brazilian driver?
TG:
Fabio Carbonne - he was also my team mate in one or two races that season I think.
Correct

Q: You celebrated your first Formula One podium at the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, but at which race did your team mate Jarno Trulli clinch his maiden podium?
TG:
I can remember the magic win in Monaco, but I’m not sure where his first podium was.
Incorrect - Trulli finished second at the 1999 European Grand Prix.

Q: At what race - and thanks to which driver - did Toyota celebrate their first pole position?
TG:
It was at the 2005 US Grand Prix with Jarno.
Correct

Q: In 2005 you were named the Champ Car rookie of the year, but which American driver did you succeed?
TG:
No idea.
Incorrect - it was A. J. Allmendinger.

Q: You’re a fan of Valentino Rossi. How many race wins and pole positions has he so far chalked up?
TG:
I know he won his 100th race recently but I don’t know how many pole positions.
One point, not two - as well as his 100 wins, he has clinched 53 pole positions.

Q: You finished the 2002 German Formula Three championship in third. Which driver, with connections to a Formula One team, won the title?
TG:
It was Gary Paffett
Correct - the McLaren test driver.

Q: In what year did your team boss John Howett join Toyota?
TG:
I have no idea but I think was a long time ago - maybe 30 years ago?
Close, but two years out - he joined in 1977.

Q: You won the 2007 GP2 Series despite retiring from how many races?
TG:
It was six.
Correct

Q: You scored a point at your first Grand Prix (Canada 2004). Which other current drivers scored on their Formula One debuts?
TG:
That’s tricky! I’m pretty sure Lewis Hamilton scored points in Australia two years ago, Bourdais last year was in the points and Buemi this year as well. I’m not sure about the others though.
Three out a possible seven - Mark Webber (Australia 2002), Sebastian Vettel (USA 2007), Nico Rosberg (Australia 2006), Kimi Raikkonen (Australia 2001), Lewis Hamilton (Australia 2007), Sebastien Buemi (Australia 2009) and Sebastien Bourdais (Australia 2008).

Q: That debut point came after four drivers were disqualified for technical infringements on their cars. Can you name those four drivers?
TG:
It was the two Williams and two Toyota cars but I can’t really remember the drivers. Montoya was in the Williams I think but I’m not sure if Ralf (Schumacher) was in a Toyota or a Williams that year.
Two out of four - Williams’ Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, and Toyota’s Cristiano da Matta and Olivier Panis.

Q: You were test driver for BMW Sauber in 2007. Where did the team finish in the standings that year and how many points did they score?
TG:
They were third then McLaren were given a penalty so in the end they finished second. I don’t know how many points they had but I guess it was quite a lot.
Correct for one point - they finished second with 101 points

Q: We were racing at the Nurburgring last weekend. Who was the last man to win a German Grand Prix on the old, full-length Nurburgring?
TG:
I really don’t know.
Incorrect - it was James Hunt, in 1976.

Final score: 21 points from a possible 36
Ask the Expert rating: 58%

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