Timo Glock reveals ‘political video games’ that led to Jordan axing : PlanetF1

Former F1 racer Timo Glock has revealed it was ‘political video games’ that ended his first spell in Formulation 1, after making his debut with Jordan.

German racing driver Timo Glock has revealed how he believed his F1 profession was over virtually earlier than it began, as he misplaced out on a seat with Jordan for 2005.

Glock had signed up with Jordan as a check driver for 2004, collaborating in his first observe periods with the group early within the 12 months, solely to get a name as much as race for the group on the Canadian Grand Prix.

Showing on the Past the Grid podcast, Glock went into element a couple of notably turbulent time in his racing profession as he teetered on the sting of getting to return to his household’s development enterprise.

Glock revealed how connections made by his ‘day job’ helped him make the steps ahead in motorsport as he closed in on F1.

“My dad has a scaffolding firm,” he informed host Tom Clarkson.

“In F3, once I got here again on Sunday night time from an F3 race – on Monday, I needed to present up within the firm and needed to work. It stored me on the bottom, which was good.

“With the scaffolding firm, we labored at Pirelli in Germany. So, by that, we knew the sporting director of Pirelli Germany, and he made us a contract to my supervisor at the moment, who supported me then, by my Formulation BMW profession, F3, and into F1. He had a hyperlink to Deutsche Put up, who have been sponsoring Jordan, so this was the entire hyperlink as much as get by and get the assist as much as F1.”

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The principles on the time allowed the underside six groups from the 2003 Constructors’ Championship to run a 3rd automobile in observe, which inevitably changed into a battle of the check drivers as they tried to seize the eye of their bosses – a chance that drivers these days merely don’t have.

“It was undoubtedly serving to me lots,” Glock defined.

“To begin with, studying the tracks, studying to work with the group, driving the automobiles in numerous configurations, excessive gasoline, low gasoline qualifying mode, and so forth. In order that was undoubtedly an excellent software and assist for younger drivers coming in displaying that expertise. Is it nonetheless attainable in today? I don’t know.

Timo Glock racing in DTM. Hockenheim October 2021.


“Now you may have simulators, that are nearly as good as the actual world almost, but it surely’s not the identical. It’s a distinct state of affairs in case you’re in an actual automobile on an actual monitor at a race weekend – it’s a completely totally different state of affairs. For the younger guys, it could be good to do some laps on a race weekend, proper subsequent to the large guys.”

However, heading to Montreal, Glock was to get his alternative to race. Jordan’s full-time race driver Giorgio Pantano was sidelined by Eddie Jordan on account of a monetary disagreement, propelling Glock into the limelight.

“I bought the decision on Saturday morning, standing within the toilet, brushing my tooth, and I look on my cellphone,” he mentioned.

“It’s Eddie Jordan calling me and typical Eddie mentioned, ‘Come to the monitor. It is advisable to race.’

“‘What do you imply I must race?’ ‘You’re going to interchange Giorgio – you’re going to drive this weekend’.

“I can not actually keep in mind what occurred that day as a result of every part went so rapidly. I simply tried to do in addition to attainable. The subsequent factor I do know is I completed P11 after which 4 automobiles bought disqualified and Eddie took me out as a result of I scored two factors!

“Eddie took me out for dinner and he was the happiest man as a result of the factors imply some huge cash for the group. One other spotlight was standing subsequent to Norbert Haug from Mercedes at the moment, and Michael [Schumacher] and his spouse, Corinna, having a drink in Montreal – it was an unreal weekend for me.

“The entire 12 months was good enjoyable with Eddie Jordan. I imply, he’s a personality. He’s a extremely good man. He tells you the reality. For those who actually do a mistake, he kicks your ass large time. There isn’t a downside with that – he’s easy.”

Glock, nevertheless, wouldn’t get a chance once more till the tip of the season. With Pantano returning for the USA Grand Prix, Glock went again to his prior function till he was referred to as as much as substitute the departing Pantano for the ultimate three races of the 12 months.

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Regardless of open cockpits at Jordan, Glock wasn’t to land a seat for 2005 because the group modified arms. Eddie Jordan bought the group to the Midland Group, though they continued racing as Jordan till 2006. It was because of this turbulent monetary interval that Glock believes he merely by no means had an opportunity of getting precedence over eventual signings Tiago Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan.

“Yeah, that was the very first time the place I used to be concerned with these political video games,” he mentioned, as he was pressured to seek out an alternate path – Glock would go away F1 to maneuver to Champcar and GP2 earlier than discovering his method again to F1.

“Eddie confirmed up in China, the place there have been talks about one other driver who may take over, after which it was like, ‘yeah in case you convey me more cash, let’s say you may have the seat’ and so forth.

“So there have been some political video games happening, then the group bought bought turning from 2004 to 2005 to Midland, so the homeowners had totally different views and needed to have totally different drivers with a monetary background. And that’s what I didn’t have. So I needed to go a distinct route by America, doing Champcar, which was one other nice 12 months for me. However it was arduous to simply accept that it’s not the expertise – it’s extra the cash.

“I knew earlier than that that’s a part of Formulation 1, however being proper in the course of the sport, like this can be a totally different state of affairs. It’s not solely expertise, it’s political stuff and a monetary background you could have sooner or later.”

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