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Timo Glock Out at Marussia F1 Team; Replacement Driver not Named Yet

January 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 AM
By Mark Eddinger

Timo Glock has raced the past three Formula One seasons for Marussia F1 Team without finding much success. The team and Glock decided on Monday to mutually part ways with the main reason being that Marussia needed to bring in a driver that will bring sponsorship money with him.

'Glock Lock' photo (c) 2012, Nic Redhead - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Glock's best finish with the team in 2012 came at Marina Bay when he finished in 12th. Throughout his three years with the team, which began as Virgin Racing in 2010 and then was called Marussia Virgin Racing in 2011, the team and Glock did not score a top ten finish to record points.

“Timo has made a very significant contribution to our Team over the past three seasons, helping us to develop our package to the point where, for a large proportion of the 2012 season, we were holding 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship," said John Booth. "Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the Team…The ongoing challenges facing the industry mean that we have had to take steps to secure our long-term future. Tough economic conditions prevail and the commercial landscape is difficult for everyone, Formula 1 teams included."

The 30-year old native of Germany has three podium finishes to his credit in the 93 Formula One races he has competed in dating back to 2004.

“I have had three excellent years with the Marussia F1 Team, during which I had the chance to actively participate in building and developing the Team in its endeavors to succeed within the Formula 1 World Championship," Glock said. "I would like to wish the Team good luck in navigating this next period and thank everyone for the great times we shared and the support I have received. Although it is not the path I expected to be taking, I am in fact very excited about what the future holds in terms of my own career and I hope to comment on that very soon.”
 
Just like how Glock does not have a sure plan yet for his driving future, a replacement for Glock at Marussia F1 Team has not been announced yet. Max Chilton has already been moved up from the teams test driver position to take the spot of Charles Pic. The top candidates to land in Glock's seat are Bruno Senna and Luis Razia.
Tags: Bruno Senna, Charles Pic, Formula One, John Booth, Luis Razia, Marussia, Max Chilton, Motorsports, Timo Glock, Virgin Racing

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