x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Glock signs up to stay with Virgin until 2014

Timo Glock has signed a new deal to stay with Virgin Racing until the end of the 2014 season.

 

Timo Glock has pledged his future to Virgin Racing by signing a three-year contract with the team.

The new deal was announced ahead of yesterday's German Grand Prix, in which the German driver finished 17th. The contract will keep Glock, 29, at the team until the end of the 2014 season.

Despite running at the back of the grid since Virgin entered Formula One at the start of last year, Glock had no doubts that he wanted to remain with the team.

"I was frustrated, as with everyone else at the team, at certain moments last year," he said.

"But for me that takes two to three hours to subside and then I reset myself for the next weekend.

"For some reason everyone has asked me this weekend how I can still be motivated fighting for P20 at the moment.

"But for me I jump in the car and I just enjoy what I'm doing, fighting as hard as possible until the last lap.

"It doesn't matter whether I'm fighting for a podium or P20. That's how I was motivated last year and this year.

"I set my target for a weekend, I just want to get more than 100 per cent out of the package we have at the moment, and that's what I am doing."

Glock, who spent two years with Toyota before joining Virgin, has expressed his frustration with the car on many occasions, not least on Saturday after qualifying.

John Booth, the Virgin team principal, believes it "vitally important" for the team to have retained Glock's services as his experience is invaluable.

"We're very pleased he has faith in the team going forward, and it's another stamp on our way to becoming a sensible team," Booth said.

"Timo's had tough times with the team, pushing me, the team and pushing himself. But what we are seeing now is a result of Timo's hard work."

* Press Association