Glock stays with Virgin Racing for 2011

Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, Wednesday 10 February 2010.

Timo Glock

Dec.3 (GMM) Timo Glock insists he is “100 per cent” likely to be staying with the MaRussia Virgin Racing team in 2011.

A few days ago, reports linked the 28-year-old German with Vitaly Petrov’s Renault seat and quoted him as saying it is only “99.9 per cent certain” he will be staying with Virgin even though he has a contract for next year.

But in a team interview published on Friday, Glock said he is “excited” about 2011.

“And yes I am definitely driving for Virgin,” said the former Toyota and Jordan driver.

“It is not just 99.9pc certain that I will stay, as has been reported — it is 100pc certain that I am staying. Since the beginning I have had a long-term contract with the team and I said then that I was doing this to help build a team for the future.”

Glock said the rumours about him being unhappy at Virgin are wide of the mark.

“There has been a lot of speculation about me wanting to leave, but it is not about leaving a team, it is about wanting to do better and keep moving forward,” he insisted.

“This is a great team of people who have given blood, sweat and tears to our first season. Some people haven’t seen that with their own eyes, like I have, so it’s easy to criticise or be cynical,” he added.

Glock’s 2010 teammate Lucas di Grassi is not yet confirmed for 2011. The Brazilian rookie wrote on Twitter that he has “nothing yet” for next season but is “confident”.

Glock said: “I don’t think we will have to wait too much longer for that news — hopefully before Christmas.”

On the market is Nico Hulkenberg, the solid 2010 rookie who has been ousted by Williams.

“I still do not have a new contract with another team, but that will hopefully change very soon. It looks well,” the 23-year-old German said on Friday.