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GP Week : Issue 39
Glock: New rules made no over-all difference TIMO Glock believes the new aerodynamic regulations in Formula 1 have not changed the loss of downforce a driver experiences in following another car. The Toyota driver drove a strong race to finish fourth having started from the pits. Glock had spent much of his race in close combat with rival drivers and told GPWeek that that the dirty air caused by his rivals, combined with their use of KERS, made overtaking as tough as ever. “I struggled quite a lot behind Fernando [Alonso],”he told GPWeek. “It’s unbelievable how much downforce I lost behind him and, for me, the new rules just don’t change anything … well not behind the Renault. “Behind Kimi [Raikkonen] and the Ferraris it was a bit easier but with Fernando I had no chance and every time I was close enough I lost the downforce overall and just had no chance. “I knew the last eight or nine laps on option tyres were my laps and I got Nico [Rosberg] and Fernando in quite a good move around the outside and at the end I am really happy for the team. Starting from the pit lane, this is a good end to the weekend after all the trouble.” Glock reaffirmed the comments he made during the race to his engineers that passing KERS cars was especially difficult. “It was like a KERS allergy today. Every time I was behind a car it was a KERS car and I just lost the downforce and when I was close enough they just pressed the KERS button and I had no chance.” Should the Toyota’s overall pace see them start ahead of KERS cars in the future, however, Glock believes he should be able to keep them behind. “Yeah. I think so. It is difficult to get past a KERS car.”