Former Toyota driver Timo Glock is off to join one of the new squads for next year, in the shape of the Manor Grand Prix team.
Glockdog – as he’s known to his friends – was left without a drive after Toyota announced their exit from F1, and although he’s had some bigger team offers on the table, he says he wanted to end up somewhere that he could be involved in building the team.
“The team may be small and new but it has big ambitions and a very impressive car,” said Glock, who made a factory visit a priority before signing for the team.
There’s also a wide rumour that Virgin are switching its sponsorship to Manor – possibly even as much to rename the team Virgin F1 – which should leave them in a good position for funding.
So Glock could have made a rather astute decision here, especially considering that Renault – who he was expected to sign for – still haven’t confirmed their continued F1 involvement.