F1 Spotlight - Timo Glock
Yes, it is him and no, there's no relation.
Timo Glock was born in Lindenfelds, West Germany in 1982. Glock lives in Switzerland with his wife, German model Isabell Reis.
In 1998, when he was fifteen years, old, Timo began karting. He won several karting Championships before going on to win the BMWADAC Formula Junior Cup in 2000 as well as the Formula BMW ADAC Championship in 2001. Then, in 2002, Glock entered the German Formula 3 Championship. In his debut year, Glock finished third in the standings and was named as rookie of the year. 2003 saw him enter the Formula 3 Euroseries where he collected six podium finishes - three of which were race wins. He ended the year in a respectable fifth place.
Timo's success didn't go unnoticed and in 2004, Jordan signed him as their test driver. Luckily for Glock, one of their main drivers, Giorgio Pantano, would have a contract dispute with the team later on in the season and this saw Glock replace Pantano for the Canadian Grand Prix. Initially, he finished the race in eleventh place. But after both Williams and Toyota cars were disqualified from the race, he inherited seventh place and thus was able to pick up two very valuable Championship points on his F1 race debut. Glock then replaced Pantano for the final three races of the season in China, Japan and Brazil. He finished fifteenth in all three races.
From 2005 until the end of 2007, Glock stepped away from the world of Formula 1, focusing instead on racing in the Champ Car World Series in the United States and in the GP2 Series (the formula directly below Formula 1 at the time). After swapping from the BCN Competition Team to the iSport team, Glock finished his first year in GP2 in fourth place. Later on in 2006, he test drove for BMW Sauber and they signed him as their second reserve driver for the 2007 Formula 1 season. In 2007, Glock continued to race for iSport, winning five races over the season (one feature race and four sprint races). Then, after Robert Kubica's crash in Canada that year, many thought that Glock would fill in for him at the team. The team however, decided to go with Sebastian Vettel and helped him on his way into Toro Rosso later that same season. With Vettel gone, Glock was then promoted to the position of main test/reserve driver.
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With five race wins to his name as well as many other solid performances, Glock went on to win the GP2 series that year and was consequently signed by Toyota for the 2008 Formula 1 season. There were some initial contract disputes as he was still the test driver for BMW Sauber but when this was resolved, he was free to race for Toyota. He signed a three year contract with the team and had a best finish that year of second, which he achieved at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Glock would then go on to cement himself in F1 history at the final race of the year when the two main Championship contenders - Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa - were fighting neck and neck to come out on top. With rain falling in the closing stages of the races, Glock opted to stick with his dry tyres instead of changing to wets. Starting the final lap in fourth place, both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton passed him, thus handing Hamilton the Driver's Championship over Massa in what was an incredibly exhilarating end to an F1 season. Glock himself finished the season in tenth place with twenty five points.
In 2009, Glock got off to a good start, qualifying in sixth place at the opening race in Australia. But after a penalty, he ended up starting the race in nineteenth place and finished the race in a very respectable fourth. Penalties favoured him next time out in Malaysia and he started the race in third place and stayed there for the duration of the race, getting his first podium in Formula 1. Aside from the European and Italian Grand Prix that year, Glock finished in the top ten in every race he took part in. In Singapore, he managed to overtake Alonso near the start of the race and looked set to come home in third again. But a drive through penalty for Nico Rosberg meant that Glock was able to move one step up the podium and finish in second place, just behind Lewis Hamilton. Things were looking great for the German driver. But it was too good to last.
When qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, Glock crashed heavily at the final corner and had to be airlifted to hospital with a leg injury. After further complications, Glock was forced to sit out the rest of the season with Kamui Kobayashi replacing him at the team. Despite missing out in the last three races, Glock still managed to finish the year in tenth place overall with twenty four points, just two behind Alonso. Further disaster for Glock struck when Toyota pulled out of Formula 1 at the end of 2009. His future now looked very uncertain.
Glock's future was secured in November when Manor Grand Prix signing Glock as their main driver. Manor then turned into Virgin Racing and the car was doomed to become un-competitive for the year ahead. With lots of retirements and finishing outside of the points in every other race, Glock found himself at the bottom of the 2010 driver's standings. His best finish that year was fourteenth place. Glock's teammate, Lucas di Grassi, was replaced by Jérôme d'Ambrosio for 2011 but neither driver had much luck that year either. Glock's best race was a fifteenth place finish at the Italian Grand Prix.
Glock driving for Marussia in 2012.
Virgin Racing became Marussia for the 2012 season but that was the only significant change as the car was still a dud. Glock's best race that year was in Singapore when he finished in twelfth place. He was going to stay with the team for 2013 and partner Max Chilton but in January 2013, it was announced that both he and the team had agreed that it was time for him to leave the team.
Since 2013, Timo had been racing in DTM, driving for BMW. Glock's first win came at Hockenheim at the end of his first season in DTM. In his second season, he made it onto the podium once, finishing third at the Red Bull Ring. 2015 saw Glock win the first race at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben but he ended the season down in 15th place overall.
Timo's next win came again at the Red Bull Ring, this time in 2016. He would have to wait until the first round of the 2017 season at Hockenheim before he got onto the podium again, when he finished in second place. He repeated this achievement two rounds later in Hungary before going on to win the first race at Zandvoort. Glock then got a final podium finish for 2017 by finishing third, again at Hockenheim.
His best performance so far came in 2018 where he finished fifth in the standings with five podium finishes to his name (including another win at Hockenheim). 2019 was a podium-less year for him but this year, he bounced back and finished second at Lausitz. Currently sitting in fifth place in the Championship, he looks set to at least match his best performance in DTM thus far.
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Glock started 91 races over his Formula 1 career, with three podiums and 51 Championship points to his name. Had it not been for Toyota's departure from Formula 1 at the end of 2009, Glock's F1 career might have looked quite different. But F1 is known to be a brutal sport in this regard and Glock was another of its victims. Despite this though, he proved himself to be a capable driver when given the chance and for good or for bad, he'll always be remembered by F1 fans thanks to Martin Brundle screaming his name during commentary at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
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