F1: Timo Glock signs long-term deal with Marussia Virgin

Timo Glock LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC
Timo Glock is shown in action during qualifying for the German Grand Prix.

By ADAM COOPER on 7/24/2011

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Timo Glock has signed a long-term deal to stay with Marussia Virgin. It will take the German into the turbo era in 2014, although it's believed that the final season is an option--a logical move given that the team has no firm engine deal for the new formula.

There is no news on Jérôme d'Ambrosio, although the Belgian told his local media over the weekend that he expects to stay. He is funded by the Genii Group, owners of Lotus Renault.

Glock has made no secret of his frustration with the lack of progress this season. However, he says that the recently announced changes--including a technical deal with McLaren--have given him confidence in the team's future.

“The past 18 months of racing have been quite tough, although this was always to be expected,” said Glock. “As a driver, I knew I would have to go back a few steps in order to move forward. Now [that] we have tasted the difficult times together, I can't wait to be with the team when we start to enjoy the good times. And I know they are coming.

“I've seen tremendous belief from Marussia and hard work and commitment across the whole team. With the additional steps we have taken--the technical partnership with McLaren and bringing the whole team together--I believe we can achieve our goals together.

“This year we've demonstrated that we know how to build a reliable car, and with the resources we now have, we should be able to add to that a high-performing car. After that, it's all about gradual, but significant, steps forward.”

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