Former F1 driver Timo Glock has said that he wants to be one of the few drivers have successfully managed to graduate from F1 to DTM. The 31-year-old will be making his debut in the DTM racing series. His first race with BMW MTEK will take place at the Hockenheim. This will be the season opener and the race will take place in the first week of May. Glock decided to part ways with Marussia F1 at the start of the season due to financial issues. He has said that F1 drivers have not been successful in DTM over the last decade, but he is hoping to change it.
Glock has revealed that he wants to learn a lot about the sport in order to be successful. The German has said that he decided to be part of BMW MTEK due to the support provided by BMW and MTEK. The team, though, was formed only in January. Glock has revealed his amazement at the quick turnaround from the team to make them one of the competitive teams on the grid. The sport recently saw the introduction of option tyres, which last only for about 5 to 6 laps, and the DRS systems, which is similar to the one used in F1.
“I am determined to learn everything I need in order to be successful. I know Formula One drivers have rarely been able to make an impact, but I want to prove I am different and will at some point be challenging for victories – although that may not necessarily be in my first year. MTEK and I are both newcomers to the DTM, so when you consider that we pretty much started from scratch in January, it is amazing what we have achieved so far,” said the 31-year-old German ahead of the season opener.
Williams have appointed the daughter of the team principal, Sir Frank Williams, as the new deputy team principal. Claire Williams will be taking over this position with immediate effect. She will now be working with her father Sir Frank Williams in the day-to-day running of the team. She has been at the team since 2002. After initially joining as a press officer, Claire has worked her way through several positions before being named as the new deputy team principal. She has said that this will help formulate a clear succession plan within the team.
Williams have been one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport. Aside from her current position as the deputy team principal, Claire has also revealed that she will be continuing her previous role as the commercial director of the team. Williams has revealed that he has been extremely satisfied with the work done by Claire over the last decade. He has said that the future of the team now appears to be safe hands after this appointment. Claire said that she is extremely privileged to take over this position at one of the greatest teams in Formula One. Claire has a lot of work on her hands in order to make Williams successful once again.
“I’m truly honoured to be taking on the role of Deputy Team Principal and look forward to working alongside Frank to help run the team this season and beyond. I have grown up in the sport and have learnt the ropes from one of Formula One’s legendary Team Principals. I understand the commitment that every person within the team gives each day to see our car out on the track and I am determined to see us back at the top,” said Claire. Williams had a season debut to forget at the Australian Grand Prix
The former Marussia driver Timo Glock has revealed that he expects his former team to struggle in the upcoming 2013 season after putting together an inexperienced the line-up. Timo Glock was one of the experienced the drivers of the paddock, but the team decided to not continue with his services due to the arrival of new sponsors from inexperienced drivers. The GP2 series runner up Luiz Razia will be partnering Max Chilton at Marussia in the new season. There have been rumours that Razia has been brought in to replace Timo Glock as he is a pay driver, who will contribute to the team financially through his sponsors.
The financial struggles of the F1 teams have been well documented over the last few months, but the backend teams like Marussia have been struggling especially hard in order to keep afloat. In such a situation, the revenue brought in by a pay driver meant that Glock was left with no other option but to part ways with the team. He has said that he expects his former team to struggle because inexperienced drivers will not be able to offer a lot of technical input during the pre-season testing, which is extremely important to determine the success over the course of a campaign.
“It’s definitely not going to be easy for them, especially in testing, where you need to be able to make the right decisions in pinpointing the weaknesses of the car. That’s something that only comes from experience. There’s a lot of pressure on Luiz and Max to get up to speed with the car quickly. That’s the critical part; knowing that perhaps the simulation you have brought to a track isn’t quite accurate and being able to make a forward step from there,” said the 30-year-old German driver in a recent interview.