Marussia driver Timo Glock is from Germany, Michael Schumacher country. A privilege for any aspiring race driver from that part of the world, the link with a F1 legend also carries with it a sense of responsibility.
For the 30-year-old from Lindenfels, in Mumbai for a stopover en route to the Airtel Indian GP at Buddh International Circuit, the name is special. Glock said: “Schumacher was the guy who got the ball rolling for motorsports in Germany. From that moment, there has been a lot of support for young drivers and that is the reason why we have so many Germans in F1 at the moment.
On the right path
The German is quite happy with Marussia’s partnership with McLaren.
“The partnership helped us get into wind tunnel and work. Things are in place this time and we are on the right path towards climbing up the ladder,” he said. The Indian GP is happening at an opportune time for him. “I never went to a circuit that was so smooth, so fluid. It has unique turns, very different to other surfaces. It’s good from the F1 point of view as there are possibilities of overtaking,” he said, at a presentation organised by QNET, Marussia’s sponsor and official direct selling partner.
Marussia, which uses Cosworth engines, is reportedly in the process of buying KERS from Williams next year.