Glock: I still dream to drive for a top team

10.09.2010 Monza, Italy,  Timo Glock (GER), Virgin Racing - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix © Copyright: Cosworth - Editorial copyright free

Timo Glock has his eyes firmly on the future

Feb.18 (GMM) Timo Glock has admitted to looking into the 2011 season with another eye on the future and the desire to drive for a top team remains.

Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing MVR-02. Formula One Testing, Day 2, Jerez, Spain,  Friday 11 February 2011.

Timo driving the Virgin Racing MVR-02 at Jerez

“2011 is an important year, with the driver market moving,” said the German, who is facing his second year with the new Virgin team.

The 28-year-old’s career was on the rise in 2009, until Toyota decided to pull out of formula one.

He had some talks about 2010 with Renault, whose new R31 car for 2011 looks like a potential winner.

But Glock instead plumped for Virgin.

“When I had to make that decision, formula one was in a difficult situation,” said Glock, referring to the withdrawal of major carmakers and rumours that Renault would be the next to vacate the scene.

Indeed, Renault did flee, but the team’s new owners Genii kept the team afloat and it’s now looking in a strong position with major Lotus sponsorship.

Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing VR-02. Formula One Testing, Day 3, Valencia, Spain, Thursday 3 February 2011.

Timo at the office

“It was hard because I had seen first hand a company like Toyota saying ‘Well, now we’re going over here’. So from a personal point of view I went for the safe option.

“Of course you can say now ‘If only I’d signed’. But it could have been signing up with owners I didn’t want to have,” insisted Glock.

He thinks 2011 will be a big step forward for Virgin, but still has an eye on bigger things.

“Of course it’s still my dream to drive for a top team like Ferrari, Red Bull or Mercedes,” said Glock.

“But I don’t see myself as on the back burner. If for some reason 2011 doesn’t work out, I need to be preparing for the future,” he added.

  • Twiinz

    Glock would be a good #2 for any of the top teams. He did a solid job for Toyota and shouldn’t be judged on the performance of the Virgin last year. When a car is bad, the driver pushes a lot harder and will naturally have more “moments”.

  • Butterfly

    He could have been a Renault driver, but thought Virgin was the better choice…

  • Atul

    Of course it would have been a huge risk signing Renault.
    Kubica took a huge gamble on his career and it paid off finally as renault took 5th position in the CWC.