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Timo Glock

Formula 1 driver

Timo Glock
Credit: LAT
Vital statistics for Timo Glock
BirthplaceLindenfels, West Germany
Born18 March 1982
F1 debutCanadian Grand Prix, 2004

Timo Glock made two attempts at Formula One, the first with Jordan for four races throughout the season. He left for stints in Champ Car and GP2, but after winning the 2007 GP2 title, he made an F1 return to race for Toyota. After two years, he dropped down the field to join Virgin Racing, but was left out of the squad for 2013 when the team required a driver with more funding.

F1 biography

Glock made his F1 debut in 2004 with the Jordan team, after spending the year as their test driver. He drove for them in Canada, finishing in the points, but that appeared to only be a one-off race opportunity. However, towards the end of the season, regular driver Giorgio Pantano was ousted from the team, giving Glock three more races in the Jordan.

At the end of the year, there was no race drive available for Timo, so he moved across to the US Champ Car series instead. He drove for Rocketsports Racing in 2005, before heading to the GP2 Series for 2006 and 2007. He won the championship in his second year, combining duties with a test drive role for the BMW F1 team.

His GP2 victory made Glock attractive to several teams in the F1 paddock, but he signed to Toyota whilst still being under contract with BMW. the Contracts Recognition Board ruled in favour of Toyota, allowing Glock free reign to drive for the Japanese team. He remained with the team for two years and scored three podiums, although a victory always eluded him.

After Toyota quit the sport, Glock was forced to the rear of the field, joining the new Virgin Racing outfit for 2010. He stuck with the team, helping build them into a squad with plenty of potential, but for a racer with so much experience, it was frustrating to be stuck circling at the rear of the field. With the team desperate for money, and taken over by Marussia, Glock was pushed out in favour of racers with more funding. With no opportunities remaining in Formula One, Glock turned his attention to the DTM series instead.