• German says: ‘I am definitely driving for Virgin Racing’
• Decision on second driver due before Christmas
The German Formula One driver Timo Glock has dismissed speculation that he could leave Virgin Racing.
“I am definitely driving for Virgin Racing,” he told the team’s website. “There has been a lot of speculation about me wanting to leave the team but it is not about leaving a team, it is about wanting to do better and keep moving forward. It is not just 99.9% certain that I will stay, as has been reported – it is 100% certain that I am staying.”
Glock joined Virgin from Toyota, who quit Formula One at the end of 2009, on a long-term contract. He said then that he wanted to help the new team build for the future. Virgin finished their first championship season in 12th and last place, without a point. They have since signed a new title sponsor, the Russian sportscar maker Marussia.
“I think with everything we have learned this year we can take a very good step up next season,” said the 28-year-old Glock. “This is a great team of people who have given blood, sweat and tears to our first season. Some people haven’t seen that with their own eyes like I have, so it’s easy to criticise or be cynical.”
Glock’s team-mate this year was the Brazilian Lucas di Grassi. Glock said he expected an announcement on the second seat before Christmas.
“I think it is right to take our time and make sure we have the best combination of youth and experience, plus make sure we have the best information going back into the team at testing and races to ensure we can develop as quickly as we want to and keep moving forward,” he said.