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The Inside Line - on Marussia's Timo Glock 15 Jun 2012

Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 27 May 2012 Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 26 May 2012 Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team.
Nazionale Piloti Football Match, Louis II Stadium, Monaco, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 13 May 2012 Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 12 May 2012 Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 11 May 2012 Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 20 April 2012 Timo Glock (GER) Toyota TF109 crashes in qualifying.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Suzuka, Japan, Saturday, 3 October 2009

Timo Glock is a man who knows the highs and lows of Formula One racing, from podium finishes with Toyota to fighting his way back up the grid with Marussia - and all that after he’d expected to spend his life putting up scaffolding. It’s perhaps no surprise then that the German has quite a balanced outlook on things. Airport lounges annoy him, top athletes inspire him, home and a good steak comfort him, and a certain crash still haunts him…

Q: What keeps you awake at night?
Timo Glock:
Actually, nothing really - I am a very good sleeper. (laughs) Only jetlag gets to me - for one or two days - but I think that is the same for all of us at the flyaway races.

Q: If you could banish one thing from your life - for the rest of your life - what would that be?
Hanging around at airports waiting for connections and being told of delays… (laughs)

Q: What’s been your most valuable ‘life’ lesson?
Never give up!

Q: What do you admire?
I admire sportsmen. Every kind of competitive sport: tennis, cycling - everything that has a fighting spirit. I play tennis and cycle myself - as a workout - and I see how much it takes them to be at the top level. Hats off to them.

Q: If you could give your younger self some advice what would it be?
Believe in yourself in everything that you do.

Q: If your racing career ended after this season, what would you do with the rest of your life?
First impulse would be to find another seat in Formula One. Remember the most valuable life lesson: never give up! Should no one in F1 want me, then I would look for a drive in another series. Should nobody want me there, I guess I would start a career as a commentator for a race broadcaster- to be still somewhat connected to racing. But let’s keep our fingers crossed that it doesn’t happen within the next hundred years. (laughs)

Q: What animal best reflects your personality?
I have no idea. I am human so I have never thought about a life as an animal.

Q: What is more important in life than winning?
Being happy enough to enjoy what you’re doing - whatever that might be.

Q: What would you spend your last dollar on?
Probably something to drink - to survive another day!

Q: What is your greatest weakness?
I am terribly impatient. I want to have things happen immediately.

Q: What is your favourite smell?
My girlfriend.

Q: What’s your ultimate comfort food?
A very good filet mignon.

Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a race?
Say hello to my girlfriend if she hasn’t been with me at the race, hug our little dog, jump on the sofa and watch TV.

Q: What scares you?
Sometimes myself! (laughs) If something is out of control and I can’t control it any more.

Q: What feels like home?
My motorhome at the European races.

Q: When were you happiest?
Maybe right now - because there is nothing that’s making me unhappy at the moment. Every day is a good day at the moment. And I hope that this will go on and on and on.

Q: What’s the best advice you have been given?
Fight until the last lap - or, translated into everyday life, fight as long and as hard as possible. That comes from my dad.

Q: Are you the man you always thought you would become?
Far from it. I thought that I would be a scaffolder in my dad’s company - and very likely would have taken over the company by now. But obviously things went in another direction a few years ago and here I am now, driving in Formula One.

Q: What event can’t you forget but wish you could?
The crash at Suzuka in 2009.

Q: If you had to stay in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
At home in Switzerland.

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