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GP Week : Issue 28
> F1NEWS> Glock backs Pantano F1 return OUTGOING GP2 Champion Timo Glock has given his backing to former GP2 rival and F1 team-mate Giorgio Pantano to make a return to the pinnacle of single- seater motorsport after the Italian clinched the 2008 GP2 title at Monza. Pantano sealed the championship despite suffering a drive-through penalty for crossing the solid white line on his pit-exit, something Glock said he could understand in the circumstances. “Winning the GP2 championship takes loads of consistency through the whole year, which is not easy because everybody in GP2 is really quick. The window is quite small, especially in qualifying and he did a pretty good job. “I was a bit surprised that he made the mistake with the white line – he made it quite interesting in the end again, but I think under these conditions and when you’re under pressure you maybe do mistakes like this. “I know him quite well and he’s just a really good racer and I enjoyed the racing that we did in the last couple of years. Every time it was just good fighting with him together. Watching the races when he’s driving is good fun as well and I’m 10 Old mates: Pantano and Glock were team-mates at Jordan back in 2004. happy for him that he’s champion.” Glock and Pantano were F1 team-mates at Jordan Grand Prix in 2004, before both being left out of the sport in 2005, thereafter moving into the F1 feeder category to reignite their careers. Glock’s performances in 2007 en route to the GP2 title won him a return to Formula 1 with Toyota, and the German is adamant that his old sparring partner deserves the same chance to return to F1. “For me, he is a real racer. He shows good speed every time: it doesn’t matter what car he jumps in, he’s just doing his job and that’s where he’s just really good at it. It doesn’t matter what car he jumps in, he’s just quick and he should have a chance again in Formula 1. It’s difficult to get a seat in F1, that’s what I saw last year, so we have to wait and see what he’s doing next year.”