The 2009 Toyota driver Timo Glock has signed for one of the new Formula One team’s expected on the grid for the 2010 season Manor Grand Prix.
According to rumours, the new team are expected to change their name to Virgin F1 before the beginning of the season, possibly to take place at their public launch which is expected later in the year.
Despite missing the final two rounds of the 2009 championship after being injured in the qualifying session of the Japanese Grand Prix, Glock has been consistent and fast, notching up three podium finishes.
“I had several options for 2010, some of them with more established teams. Every driver has the same overall objective – to win the world championship one day – but the way I want to succeed is to be part of the process of building a team and to play a key role in developing the car. This is why the opportunity with Manor Grand Prix is so exciting for me.
I have spent a lot of time with Nick Wirth, John Booth and other members of the team, and what I liked most is that this a real racing team run by true racers. The team may be small and new, but it has big ambitions and a very impressive car and development programme. I am confident that I can play a big role in terms of my technical input, and that’s a fantastic opportunity for me. I can’t wait to start testing the new car early next year!”