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Glock joins Manor Grand Prix

Glock joins Manor Grand Prix

17/11/09 10:06

Glock opts to join Manor Grand Prix
Manor Grand Prix has signed former Toyota driver Timo Glock to lead its driver line-up next season. The announcement is a prelude to the official launch of the team later this year, when the team expects to reveal more of its plans and car development programme. In the meantime the team has been quietly progressing towards its inaugural year of Formula One competition in 2010.

“I'm absolutely delighted that Timo has chosen to drive for our team," said technical director Nick Wirth. "It has always been my recommendation that we have at least one driver with experience of the 2009 cars to help our development programme, but to get a driver that has not only achieved podium finishes in 2009 but has such proven talent and the potential to take us forward for many years is very exciting.

"The fact that he has come and seen all aspects of the project before making his decision speaks volumes about what we have achieved so far. Progress on our new car continues to be very encouraging. The first fully-finished monocoque was completed a week ago, and we've been crash testing all areas of the car since May. I think we'll have the bulk of the official FIA tests done by Christmas, bang on our schedule. Now we just can't wait to get Timo into the new car once track testing begins next year."

Glock made his Formula One debut with Jordan in 2004 before heading to the Champ Car World Series where he took rookie of the year honours. He returned to Europe, winning the GP2 series and made his full-time F1 debut with Toyota in 2008.
Glock had been expected to join Robert Kubica at Renault next season, but with ongoing uncertainties over the Anglo-French team's participation in the championship, opted to sign a deal with Manor.

“I had several options for 2010, some of them with more established teams," Glock explained. "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.”

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