Timo Glock remembers late McLaren method ‘however immediately no extra talks’ : PlanetF1

Ex-System 1 driver Timo Glock recalled how he went from having a Renault deal able to signal, and curiosity from McLaren, to becoming a member of neither. 

Again in 2009 Glock was making recollections as he took to the Singapore podium following a P2 end with Toyota, however behind the scenes, all was removed from celebratory.

In reality, Toyota had been getting ready to finalise their upcoming withdrawal from the sequence, and having missed the final three races of the season by way of accidents suffered in a crash on the Japanese GP, Glock was on the lookout for a brand new future employer.

However, it appeared he already had that field ticked with Renault prepared to supply him a seat subsequent to Robert Kubica for 2010.



Requested in the course of the Past the Grid podcast if he was feeling insecure about his future as speak of Toyota leaving F1 intensified in Singapore, Glock replied: “Yeah, I imply, that was positively one level. However on the similar time, I used to be speaking to Renault at this stage.

“They had been very fascinated with signing me subsequent to Robert Kubica. So in parallel, we had been speaking to them. That was one other awkward state of affairs till Abu Dhabi.

“I imply, for positive, after Singapore, it felt nice to be on the rostrum once more. It felt unsecure realizing the longer term about Toyota, however on the opposite aspect, I used to be speaking to Renault and I used to be fairly assured they had been going to signal me up for 2010.”

Come Abu Dhabi, Glock had a contract on the desk with Renault which he was going to signal there after which, that was till McLaren entered the chat, asking that he delayed that to permit for them to carry talks with him.

Glock was in a position to put the Renault signature on maintain, throughout which period they introduced plans to give up F1 earlier than Genni Capital got here in to save lots of the day, whereas McLaren then went radio silent on this assembly they wished with Glock, that means he was left with nothing.

The German racer later signed with Virgin for 2010, considered one of three new entrants that season.

“We had a gathering in Japan the place all the pieces was just about carried out,” stated Glock of his potential Renault deal. “And , then it’s about attorneys and you must do the positive tuning about contracts and stuff like this.

“However really, I had a name in Abu Dhabi the place I turned up once more, watching the race, and really signing the cope with Renault was the plan, however then I had this telephone name from McLaren. They had been fascinated with speaking to me.

“After which I needed to speak to McLaren with , German producer behind with Mercedes, German driver that may be actually fascinating. And really shut with Renault, we should always signal the deal very quickly.

“After which yeah, that was like type of this delay, the place they are saying ‘are you able to delay it? Possibly one or two days and let’s have a correct chat about it’. So I had a chat with them, managed in some way to postpone the signing with Renault.

“It was really that the plan was that I fly out to England and have a gathering in England with McLaren. For some motive on Tuesday, I by no means heard about it once more about McLaren.

“Toyota pulling the plug, after which immediately Renault determined to step out of the System 1 World Championship, so I used to be standing there with nothing in my fingers anymore. So ought to I’ve signed…I imply, I may have signed on Sunday in Abu Dhabi with Renault.

“After all, they pulled the plug, the query is, if I’d have nonetheless been within the workforce with Genii Capital, they took over in 2010, I feel I’d have nonetheless had the contract, a sound one, however you by no means know.

“However this was a really troublesome state of affairs for me, having an excellent contract in your hand, then having a telephone name, you postponed it for 2 days, after which immediately, you’re there and having nothing.

“As a result of on the time, McLaren signed up with Vodafone as a workforce sponsor, and so they wish to have two British drivers, which was Lewis [Hamilton] and Jenson Button, and I used to be out of the deal. Out of two offers.”

Requested if McLaren weren’t even fascinated with bringing him in as a 3rd driver, Glock replied: “There have been immediately no talks anymore, there was immediately nobody answering the telephone anymore.”

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