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Timo Glock

Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, United States Grand Prix, Practice, Austin, Texas, Friday, 16 November 2012 Timo Glock (GER) Jordan Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Suzuka, Japan, 10 October 2004 Timo Glock (GER) Toyota TF109.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, Friday, 11 September 2009 Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing VR-01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 25 June 2010 Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday, 28 October 2012 Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice, Monza, Italy, Friday, 7 September 2012 Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Practice, Monza, Italy, Friday, 7 September 2012

Born in the German town of Lindenfels in 1982, Timo Glock didn’t start racing until the relatively late age of 15. As with most drivers, he got his first taste of motorsport in karting and was so successful that just three years later he was given the opportunity to progress to cars, making his debut in the Formula BMW-ADAC series.

It was a wise move for the young German, who swiftly notched up the junior cup in his first year, before clinching the main championship the following season. Unsurprisingly, his swift rise through the ranks landed him a seat in another series and he began competing in German Formula Three in 2002.

Driving for Opel Team KMS, he scored three wins and six podiums during his debut year and the next season moved into the Formula Three Euroseries, enjoying three wins and finishing fifth overall in the standings. After impressing several observers he was quickly signed up to Formula One racing, becoming Jordan’s third driver in 2004.

After enjoying several test outings for the team, Glock was called up to stand in for race driver Giorgio Pantano, who had a contractual dispute with the British team. He made his Grand Prix debut in Canada alongside fellow German Nick Heidfeld. Finishing seventh, it was a stunning maiden outing and when Pantano eventually left the team, Jordan signed Glock to compete in the season's three remaining races.

Although he failed to match that initial result - finishing 15th in each outing - the German proved himself more than worthy of a permanent Formula One seat. But at the end of the season, opportunities were few and far between, and Glock headed to America to compete in the Champ Car series in 2005.

With the Rocketsports racing team, he enjoyed a reasonably successful season, scoring his best finish in the Montreal race when he came home second and he eventually finished ninth in the championship. Despite several offers to continue to race in America, Glock decided that he would return to Europe in an attempt to get back into Formula One racing.

After closely watching the inaugural GP2 season, Glock decided to try and land a seat in the innovative series, which was quickly becoming regarded as the best feeder for Formula One racing. He won on two occasions in his first year of GP2 competition and took fourth in the standings.

While it was enough to land him another F1 test drive, this time with BMW Sauber, it was not enough for a race seat and Glock persisted in GP2 in 2007. Driving for iSport International, it proved a sensible move and he won the series with five victories. Combined with his BMW outings, the title attracted some serious attention from other F1 teams and he was named as Ralf Schumacher’s replacement at Toyota for 2008.

His first full season of competitive Formula One proved to be an impressive one, despite a couple of huge accidents. He not only scored six times en route to 10th in the drivers’ championship (just one place and six points shy of veteran team Jarno Trulli), he also took his maiden F1 podium with a well-earned second in Hungary.

Glock's stock continued to rise in 2009, with another two podium appearances, despite the somewhat patchy performance of Toyota's TF109. Occasional driving errors remained, however, and he missed the final three races of the season after fracturing his spine in a qualifying crash at Suzuka. News of Toyota's F1 withdrawal came soon after, prompting Glock to sign for the new Virgin team for 2010.

A tough couple of years followed, as Virgin struggled to find their feet, finishing last in the standings in both 2010 and 2011. Despite failing to score in two seasons, Glock kept the faith, signing a new multi-year contract that tied him to the renamed Marussia team (bolstered by a new technical partnership with McLaren) for 2012 and beyond.

In 2012 Glock was paired with his third different rookie team mate in as many years - Charles Pic. As expected, he was in front of the Frenchman in qualifying more often than not, but didn't have it all his own way in races. The highpoint of the German’s season - which was spent battling with the HRTs and Caterhams - came at the Singapore Grand Prix, where he once again showed his street-racing pedigree, beating several faster cars to register a season-best 12th position. The result brought great joy to Marussia, who were briefly lifted ahead of Caterham to tenth in the constructors’ standings.