As per usual, On a F1 driver’s birthday we have a look at their career. So on Timo Glock’s 30th birthday we look back at his career.
Timo Glock was born in Lindenfields, West Germany on March 18th 1982. He began his career relatively late, at the age of 15. Hw won several World Championships and the BMW ADAC Formula Junior cup in 2000 and the Formula BMW ADAC Championship in 2001. He finished third in his first season in German Formula Three Championship season in 2002 and secured rookie of the year. In 2003, He raced in the Formula Three Euroseries, winning three races and scoring three podiums. He finished fifth in the Championship.
Jordan Racing signed Glock as a reserve driver and he made his Formula One debut in the 2004 Canadian Grand Prix when he replaced Giorgio Pantano. He finished 11th but moved up to 7th after the Williams and Toyota cars were disqualified. This gave Glock two points on his debut. He took over from Pantano again for the last three races of the 2004.
In 2005, Glock moved to America to race with Rocketsports in the Champ Car World Series. His best result for the season was 2nd place at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit. He finished eighth in the championship and was declared Rookie Of The Year.
In 2006, Glock returned to Europe to race in GP2. He signed with BCN Competicion team, a mid-field team. However, Midway through the season, He moved to iSport, A front runner. He had a good run in the second part of the season and finished fourth in the championship . He tested for BMW Sauber and he was signed as their second driver for 2007.
Glock was re-signed with iSport for 2007 and won one feature race and four sprint races. Polish Robert Kubica who drove for BMW Sauber was seriously injured in a crash at Canada in 2007 and it was thought that Glock would replace him. However, Sebastian Vettel was chosen instead. Toro Rosso later scooped Vettel up and Glock was promoted to main reserve driver for BMW Sauber.
Glock won the GP2 series and Toyota signed him on a three year basis, to replace Ralf Schumacher. At the Canadian Grand Prix, Glock finished fourth and scored his first points of the season. He achieved a career best 5th place in Qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix and converted it to 2nd place. He finished fourth in the Singapore Grand Prix. In Brazil, The final race of the season, Glock was seventh approaching the end of the race. Rain began to fall and as other drivers opted to change to wet tyre’s, He stayed out. On the final corner of the race, because he had no grip, Lewis Hamilton drove straight passed him, allowing Hamilton to secure the championship by one point over Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. Glock finished the championship in 10th place with 25 points.
In 2009, Glock remained with Toyota. In the first race in Australia, His time from Qualifying was removed after his wing was found to be illegal. He started the race in 19th and finished in an amazing 5th place. However, Lewis Hamilton was disqualified after the race and Glock was promoted to 4th place. Glock scored a 3rd, 7th and 7th over the next three races. In Singapore, Glock finished 2nd in Singapore. During Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, He crashed heavily coming onto the pit straight. He was airlifted to hospital and was ruled out for the rest of the season. At the end of 2009, Toyota withdrew from F1 and Glock had an uncertain future ahead of him.
On 17th November 2009, Manor Grand Prix announced that they had signed Glock. Manor later became Virgin Racing. Lucas Di Grassi partnered him for the 2010 season and neither driver scored a point. His best finish was 14th at the Japanese Grand Prix.
In 2011,Glock stayed with the team and partnered rookie Jerome d’Ambrosio. Again, Neither driver scored a point and Glock’s best finish was 15th place, In Turkey and Belgium.
For 2012, Glock will stay with the team, now named Marussia. He will partner French rookie Charles Pic.