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GP Week : Issue 2
5 Minutes with ... TIMO GLOCK Few drivers get two bites at the F1 cherry, but reigning GP2 champion Timo Glock is the exception to the rule. He sat down in the sweltering Melbourne paddock with GPWeek Editor WILL BUXTON GPWEEK: How good does this all feel? TIMO GLOCK: I would say quite good at the moment. It’s always nice to be back in F1 and be at the first race in Melbourne. It’s quite a special feeling. So how did the deal come about with Toyota? That’s quite a long time ago now! We had a good result in GP2 and as champion that helped throughout the year with a contact to Toyota, and then we just put everything together and made the contract. Was it difficult leaving BMW behind after they had given you a break back into Formula 1? It’s not easy when you leave the team that gave you the chance to be back in F1 but at the end I wanted to have the possibility to be back in a race cockpit in a race seat and Toyota gave me a chance that BMW couldn’t. At the end I have to live in my own way. When you won the GP2 title last season, you said that if you couldn’t find a race seat in F1, you’d defend your crown in GP2. Was that ever a serious consideration? Yeah, I mean why not? Its good racing, a good championship and when you have no other possibility you have to do it like this. But at the end I was quite happy to have the race seat at Toyota so I don’t have to think about it. So sitting here now, does it feel better or about the same as Canada’04? I would say Canada was more like a situation I’d never been in before and that was quite difficult, but now I know more about Formula 1, more about how much you have to work around the paddock, so it makes it a bit easier. But at the end when you do your first race it is always different. As reigning GP2 champion you’re following in the steps of Lewis and Nico. Does that apply any pressure to you? You have to look every time on your own. The possibilities for me are different. Lewis came in and was straight into a car that nearly won the championship and that’s quite a big difference. We have to wait and see how that goes and I don’t compare myself with Nico and Lewis because we have different teams and cars, but I will do my best and be concentrated on that. So how is it being an F1 driver? The schedule is quite tight in F1 [laughs], and that’s a big difference to GP2. The last couple of weeks were just travelling around and lots to do. Since the presentation on January 8 I’ve had maybe four or five days at home, and the rest has been travelling around and testing and PR stuff… So you’re probably pretty bored of people asking you the same questions… [Laughs] Yeah there are a few questions you get asked a lot… Like? Most often is the thing you just asked me with Nico and Lewis [laughs], and if I have an advantage driving without traction control and if I have any pressure as a replacement for Ralf Schumacher and stuff like this. So any perks yet? Yeah! Panasonic gave me a big flat screen TV, and an entertainment system as well, and at the end of the month I get the new Lexus ISF which is a really nice car, so this is definitely the positive side of Formula 1. So what are your goals for the season? Just to be consistent, try to be consistently in the points, which won’t be easy as the battle will be quite hard with the other teams, and the rest is just to be as close as possible to Jarno and try to beat him in qualifying which will be really difficult because he is the man to beat in qualifying. I would say he’s one of the quickest guys out there over one lap and that will be the hardest goal I would say. So overall, how much are you looking forward to it? Yeah, a lot. You spend so much time before the race looking forward to it, and now it’s time that it starts. 18